Gov. Reynolds orders state flags to half staff to honor Clinton firefighter

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DES MOINES (KCRG) - Governor Kim Reynolds has ordered all state flags to be lowered to half-staff starting on Friday, Jan. 11, to sunset on Sunday, Jan. 13 to honor fallen Clinton firefighter Lt. Eric Hosette.

Hosette, 33, died while fighting a fire following an explosion at the ADM plant in Clinton Saturday.

Hosette and fellow firefighter Adam Cain had been working to snuff out flames that had started in a silo storage bin when they were hurt in the explosion. Hosette was rushed to an area hospital, but attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Cain was taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for treatment.

Gov. Reynolds released a statement below:

"This past weekend in Clinton, we lost a courageous firefighter who served with valor and distinction. As a first responder, Eric put everything on the line to help his community. We will always remember his sacrifice and the outstanding example of service he left to all Iowans. My prayers go out to his family, friends, and community during this extremely difficult time."

Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg also released a statement:

"We are keeping the Hosette family as well as the entire Clinton community in our prayers during this very unfortunate time. While there is incredible sorrow for the loss of Eric Hosette, there will always be incredible gratitude for his service and that of firefighters across the state of Iowa."

Hosette's visitation is Friday, Jan. 11 at Zion Lutheran Church from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. A private funeral will be on Saturday, Jan. 12.

There is a public memorial taking place at 11:30 a.m following the funeral at Riverview Park in Clinton.