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Why are Ohio’s flags at half-mast?

Tetrick tragically died at work Saturday night after a car hit and killed him on I-90 East in Cleveland.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Following the tragic death of veteran Cleveland firefighter Johnny Tetrick, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is ordering flags to be flown at half-mast until sundown on the day of his funeral.

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Governor DeWine released the following statement on Sunday:

“In honor of the life and service of Cleveland Firefighter Johnny Tetrick, Governor DeWine has ordered that the United States and Ohio State flags be flown at half-staff on all public buildings and lands throughout Cuyahoga County and at the Ohio Statehouse,” Vern Riffe Center and Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus. On the day of his funeral, the flags are lowered until sunset.

All other public buildings and lands throughout the state may, at their discretion, fly the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio for the same half-flag period.

Tetrick tragically died Saturday night while responding to an accident on I-90 East in Cleveland. While working with crews, Tetrick was struck by a vehicle and killed in a hit and run.

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The suspect, a 40-year-old man from Cleveland, has since been arrested in connection with the alleged hit-and-run.

No details of Tetrick’s funeral have been released at this time.

City officials in Cleveland have expressed their sadness and condolences over Tetrick’s death.

Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb

“I am saddened to learn of the death of Cleveland Firefighter Johnny Tetrick and offer my sincere condolences to his family, friends and fellow firefighters,” Mayor Bibb said. “Firefighter Tetrick was dedicated to his work as a first responder and was a well-loved member of his family and community. Our prayers go out to his entire family as the city mourns the loss of a colleague and dedicated official.”

Blaine Griffin, President of the Cleveland City Council

“This is a tragedy. A tragedy for the family and friends of Firefighter Tetrick, but also for the Division of Fire and the city of Cleveland,” said Council President Blaine A. Griffin. “We offer our deepest condolences to his family.”

Police station of the village of Bratenahl

“We want to offer our deepest condolences to our brothers in the Cleveland Fire Department.”

EDITORS’ NOTE: The above video previously aired on 3News on November 19, 2022.

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