Gov. Tim Walz has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset, on Monday, June 14, in honor and remembrance of paramedic Troy Boettcher.
“Troy Boettcher was an outstanding paramedic, who was admired and respected by his colleagues, and served with dignity and pride,” reads the proclamation issued by Walz. “The state of Minnesota recognizes paramedic Boettcher for his dedicated service to and sacrifice for, his fellow citizens with its deepest gratitude, and all thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the entire community.”
Boettcher died in the line of duty on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. He dedicated 23 years of exemplary service to the Grand Rapids Meds-1 Ambulance Service and the EMS industry, and is survived by his wife, Amber Boettcher; children, Brandon Boettcher, Megan Boettcher, Liberty Hack, along with his stepchildren Ethan Berglund, Autumn Applebee, Tristan Applebee, and Joseph Applebee, and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
At the direction of the governor, Minnesota flies its flags at half-staff following the death of Minnesota first responders fallen in the line of duty. Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are also encouraged to join in lowering their flags