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Walz orders flags flown at half-staff in honor of Howard Lake fire chief

Daryl Photo: Howard Lake Fire Department
Daryl "Taddy" Drusch

Updated: January 16, 2020 06:10 PM

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday ordered all U.S. and state flags to be flown at half-staff on Friday in honor of Howard Lake Fire Chief Daryl "Taddy" Drusch, who died earlier this week.

"Fire Chief Daryl 'Taddy' Drusch dedicated 30 years of exemplary service to the Howard Lake Fire and Rescue/Ambulance Service, serving as chief since 2014," the proclamation from Walz read. "With its deepest gratitude, the State of Minnesota recognizes Fire Chief Drusch for his dedicated service to, and sacrifice for, his fellow citizens, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and entire community."

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Drusch died at home on Monday from a suspected heart attack hours after responding to an emergency call. His death is Minnesota's first line-of-duty fire service death of 2020.

Drusch is survived by his wife, Julie; his son, Taylor; several siblings; and many fellow firefighters, friends, and community members.

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