Flags to be lowered in honor of Captain Liedel

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has granted Sen. Dale Zorn’s request to lower the U.S. flags in Michigan to half-staff on Monday, Aug. 31 in honor of Monroe Township firefighter Joseph Liedel.

Liedel died Aug. 23 at age 48 from injuries from a brain bleed suffered in the line of duty while responding to an emergency on July 31.

“Capt. Liedel’s true passion in life was to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a firefighter — joining the Monroe Charter Township Fire Department as a young man,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Over the course of his 28-year career, Joe earned the trust and respect of his fellow colleagues and became a captain. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he traveled to New York City with fellow Monroe Township firefighters to help at ground zero.

“Joe was well-liked and a true gentleman with a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by his friends, family, a brotherhood of firefighters and the entire community.”

Zorn sent the governor a letter on Thursday requesting the half-staff flag tribute on Aug. 31 to coincide with Liedel’s funeral. On Sunday, Whitmer approved the request.

“I thank the governor for helping recognize the years of service by this brave and honorable man as the people who loved him and served with him celebrate his life and say goodbye,” Zorn said.

Liedel was born in Monroe in 1972 and graduated from Monroe High School in 1990. The Joseph M. Liedel Memorial Fund has been established through the Monroe Charter Township Firefighters Association to assist other firefighters in need.



Sen. Zorn speaks at ‘Let Them Play’ rally at Capitol

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Friday talked about the importance of athletics during a rally of coaches, parents, student athletes and supporters to urge the governor and the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) to allow high school sports to be played this fall.

“We support our high school student athletes who want to compete and be the very best they can be both on and off the field,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “In football and other team sports, while athletes learn the game, they also learn how to win and lose with dignity. They also learn leadership and how to contribute and succeed as a team.

“The grand value of high school sports comes in later years when our sons and daughters enter the game of life, where sports have given them courage, ability and the drive to play to the last tick of the clock in a tough, tough world.”

The Let Them Play rally on the Capitol steps urged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the MHSAA and MSHAA Executive Director Mark Uyl to allow state high schools to play sports this fall, including football.

“Being here today is all about giving our kids opportunities in high school and throughout their lives,” Zorn said. “Students who participate in sports have lower health risks and higher self-esteem. Sports also give our children the tools necessary to succeed in academics and develop important skills to advance their future achievements and happiness.”


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