Nebraska honors fallen firefighters after several heroes made the ultimate sacrifice

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Gov. Pete Ricketts is calling for flags to be flown at half-staff beginning Friday to honor fallen firefighters across Nebraska and our country.

His announcement comes as Americans gather in Washington, D.C., this weekend for the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

Back here in Nebraska, we’re remembering several brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the communities they loved.

Michael Moody was killed battling the Bovee Fire in central Nebraska on Sunday.

Officials say he suffered a medical emergency fighting the massive blaze.

The 59-year-old served as Purdum Volunteer Fire Department’s assistant chief.

His funeral service was to be livestreamed from Dunning at 2 p.m. Friday, but it has been delayed by technical problems.

Moody’s death follows several tragedies in 2022.

Elwood Volunteer Fire Chief Darren Krull and retired Cambridge Fire Chief John Trumble both died responding to wildfires earlier this year.

Here in Lancaster County, Lincoln Fire Inspector Donald Gross also died unexpectedly at just 57 years old.

All U.S. and Nebraska flags are to remain at half-staff from sunrise Friday until sunset on Sunday.

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