Minn. governor orders flags at half staff for volunteer FF who died in November

Captain Andy Loso took pride in educating children during Fire Prevention Week and in responding to calls, the St. Joseph Fire Department said


St. Cloud Times

ST. JOSEPH, Minn. — Flags are being flown at half staff on Tuesday in honor of a St. Joseph volunteer firefighter who died in late 2021.

Captain Andy Loso was a member of the St. Joseph Volunteer Fire Department for almost 20 years, according to a press release from the governor's office. Gov. Tim Walz ordered all U.S. and Minnesota flags to be flown at half staff at all state buildings in Minnesota from sunrise to sunset Tuesday. Businesses, individuals and other organizations are also encouraged to fly flags at half-staff, according to the release.

Loso died in November "due to a medical illness obtained during line of duty service," the release said.

A Facebook post from the St. Joseph Fire Department following his death said Loso took pride in educating children during Fire Prevention Week in addition to responding to calls. Loso had a wife and three children.

"Andy will be greatly missed by the St. Joe community and his St. Joseph Fire Department family," the post read.

The post said Loso joined the fire department in 2002, as his father and grandfather did before him.

" Captain Loso was a dedicated firefighter who was respected by his family, friends, and colleagues," the proclamation issued by Walz said. "With its deepest gratitude, the State of Minnesota recognizes Captain Loso for his dedicated service to, and sacrifice for, his fellow Minnesotans, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and community."

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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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