Iowa governor orders flags lowered to honor Hosette

Eric Hosette

DES MOINES – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered all state flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff Friday until sunset Sunday in honor of Clinton Fire Lt. Eric Hosette, who died in the line of duty Saturday in Clinton.

"This past weekend in Clinton, we lost a courageous firefighter who served with valor and distinction," Reynolds said in a press release issued today. "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."

Hosette, 33, died in an explosion at Clinton's Archer Daniels Midland plant Saturday morning. Clinton Firefighter Adam Cain was injured and is in critical, but stable, condition at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

"We are keeping the Hosette family as well as the entire Clinton community in our prayers during this very unfortunate time," said Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg. "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."

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties, and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

Clinton Mayor Mark Vulich on Tuesday asked that flags immediately be flown at half-staff on all public buildings within the city of Clinton and grounds, and throughout the city of Clinton, through sunset Saturday to honor Hosette.