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.