From Governor Rick Snyder’s office in Lansing:
Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff within the state Capitol Complex and at state buildings, grounds and facilities throughout Michigan in honor of Brian Woehlke, a Westland firefighter who was killed May 8.
Woehlke, 29, of Dearborn, died from injuries sustained while fighting a strip mall fire in Westland.
“On behalf of the entire state, I extend my sincere condolences to Brian’s family,” Snyder said. “Brian is an example of the brave men and women who protect our communities every day, and his tragic loss is a painful reminder of the risks they endure to keep us safe.”
Woehlke is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and their daughter Ava.
Visitation is from 2 to 9 p.m. today at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 34567 Michigan Ave., Wayne. A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Divine Child, 1055 N. Silvery Lane, Dearborn.
Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.
When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.