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Flags to be lowered Saturday, Jan. 22 to honor Crystal firefighter

Reverend Brian Alnes died on January 4, 2022, due to complications from a medical condition obtained during line of duty service.

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Gov. Tim Walz has ordered all United States and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Saturday, January 22, in honor and remembrance of First Responder Reverend Brian Alnes.

“Reverend Alnes was a dedicated firefighter who was respected by his family, friends, and colleagues,” reads the proclamation issued by Walz. “With its deepest gratitude, the State of Minnesota recognizes Reverend Alnes for his dedicated service to, and sacrifice for, his fellow Minnesotans, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and community.”

Alnes died on January 4, 2022, due to complications from a medical condition obtained during line of duty service. He dedicated eight years of service as a first responder and firefighter with the Crystal Fire Department and as a first responder in Swanville, as well as serving as a reserve chaplain for both the Morrison County and Todd County sheriff’s offices.

Alnes is survived by his wife and four children.

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.

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