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  Public Information Officer
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Friday, June 7, 2013

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Fire Marshal to Present Flags to Families of Fallen Firefighters

Coralville, IOWA --- State Fire Marshal Ray Reynolds will help present two U.S. flags to the families of fallen firefighters from 2012.

WHAT: 19th Annual Firefighter Memorial Ceremony


Sunday, June 9, 2013
  10:30 AM
WHERE: Firefighter Memorial
  North of I-80 off Exit 242 in Coralville, Iowa
WHO: Iowa Department of Public Safety, State Fire Marshal Division

Gilmore City Fire Chief Larry Nielsen died while on duty October 9, 2012. Nielsen, age 60, was responding to a barn fire when he suffered a heart attack. He was a 41 year member of the Gilmore City Fire Department.

Logan Firefighter, 36 year old Daniel D. Penrod, died on October 9, 1905, responding to a house fire.  A chimney collapsed during the fire, killing Penrod immediately.  Penrod was buried the following day in the Logan Cemetery.  (No relatives could be located for Mr. Penrod, so his flag will be presented to the Logan Fire Department). 

The State Fire Marshal's Office officially recognizes every firefighter who dies in the line of duty over the previous year by presenting a flag that was flown over our state capitol in their honor.  The flag is carefully protected until the day of the memorial, when it is presented to the surviving family. 



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