Why is the flag flying at half mast?

GOVERNOR HOCHUL DIRECTS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF TO HONOR FALLEN FDNY EMS LIEUTENANT ALISON RUSSO-ELLING    

Governor Kathy Hochul today directed flags on state buildings will be flown at half-staff on Friday, September 30, in honor of fallen FDNY EMS Lieutenant Alison Russo-Elling. Flags should be lowered to half-staff at sunrise on Friday, September 30, and returned to full-staff following Lieutenant Russo-Elling's funeral service.  

"We mourn the loss of Alison Russo-Elling, an EMT Lieutenant who was killed while on duty," Governor Hochul said. "Our hearts are with her family as we honor her life and remember her as a hero. I know all New Yorkers are grateful for her service over more than two decades with FDNY and as a World Trade Center first responder."   

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