Press Release: Gov. Evers orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Volunteer Firefighter Gary E. Berg

Office of Governor Tony Evers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2021 
**UPDATED** Gov. Evers Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Volunteer Firefighter Gary E. Berg

MADISON  Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order #138 ordering the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff in honor of volunteer firefighter Gary E. Berg of North Prairie, who lost his life in the line of duty after contracting COVID-19. 

“Kathy and I extend our deepest sympathies to Gary’s family and loved ones, the North Prairie Fire Department, and the North Prairie community,” said Gov. Evers. “We are thinking of them during this incredibly difficult time as they mourn this loss and honor Gary’s life and service to our state.”

Berg passed away on Oct. 19, 2021, at 54 years old, after contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty. He served the people of the state of Wisconsin and North Prairie for 36 years and will be remembered as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and community member. The state of Wisconsin is forever grateful for his service, selflessness, and sacrifice.

Funeral services have been rescheduled due to unexpected circumstances. As such, Executive Order #138 will not take effect tomorrow. A corrected order providing guidance on the display of flags in his honor will be issued in the coming days.