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Flags will be flying at half-staff today at all Firehouses across the state.

It’s in response to the death of Fire Marshal Lieutenant Ronald Wehlage Jr. of the Desoto Rural Fire District.

He was among several firefighters who responded to a large structure fire on June 28th.

Wehlage died 2 days later due to a medical emergency in the line of duty.

His funeral will be held today (Wednesday).

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 7, 2020

Governor Parson Orders Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of DeSoto Rural Fire Protection District Lieutenant Ronald Wehlage

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Today, Governor Mike Parson ordered U.S. and Missouri flags be flown at half-staff at all government buildings in Jefferson County and at fire houses across the state on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in honor of DeSoto Rural Fire Protection District Fire Marshal/Lieutenant Ronald W. Wehlage, Jr.

Governor Parson also ordered U.S. and Missouri flags be flown at half-staff at the Fire Fighters Memorial of Missouri in Kingdom City.

On June 28, Lieutenant Wehlage was among the firefighters who responded to a reported structure fire. On June 30, Lieutenant Wehlage died following a medical emergency. His death is considered to be in the line of duty. His funeral will be held on July 8.

“At an early age, Ronald Wehlage chose a career path based on service to others,” Governor Parson said. “He was committed to protecting others, educating residents and children about the importance of fire safety, and improving the lives of the people he served. Lieutenant Wehlage will be remembered for his devotion to ensuring the people of the DeSoto Rural Fire Protection were safe and secure.”

Lieutenant Wehlage joined the DeSoto Rural Fire Protection District as a volunteer firefighter in April 2003 and became a full-time firefighter with the district in February 2004. As fire marshal, he was responsible for fire safety education in the district. He was also the district’s media representative.

Lieutenant Wehlage joined the fire service as a member of the Hillsboro Fire Protection District in 1999. He also served as an EMT with the North Jefferson County Ambulance District and the Valley Ambulance District before joining the DeSoto Rural Fire Protection District. He was 40 years old.

To view the proclamation, click here.

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