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MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order #150 ordering the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff tomorrow, Wed., Dec. 29, 2021, in honor of firefighter Stephen M. Smith of the Vandenbroek-Kaukauna Fire Department, who lost his life in the line of duty after contracting COVID-19.

“We extend our sincerest sympathies to Steve’s wife and kids, his friends, and his colleagues as they grapple with his tragic loss,” said Gov. Evers. “To those who knew him, Steve was a good friend and someone who cared deeply about others, and he will be missed by the many whose lives he affected.”

On Mon., Dec. 20, 2021, at the age of 54, Smith passed away after contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty. Smith was a dedicated firefighter at Vandenbroek-Kaukauna Fire Department, who will be remembered for his dedication and service to others. The funeral liturgy will be held on Wed., Dec. 29, 2021, in Kaukauna.

Executive Order #150 will be in effect from sunrise to sunset on Wed., Dec. 29, 2021, and is available here.

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