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Flags ordered at half staff for fallen Easton firefighter

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is asking residents to put their flags at half-staff until sunset Saturday in honor of Lt. Russell F. Neary, a firefighter from Easton who died in the line of duty during Hurricane Sandy.

Neary, 55, died Monday when a tree crashed onto his fire truck while working to clear storm debris.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Lt. Neary's family, friends and fellow firefighters during this terrible time," Malloy said in a statement Friday afternoon. "He died in the line of duty doing what he loved to do: helping people. This was a devastating storm for the region, made exponentially worse by the death of Lt. Neary and the three Connecticut residents who lost their lives."

Neary was a 13-year member of the Easton Fire Department.

"Connecticut's first responders put themselves in harm's way every single day, and we are deeply grateful for their work and the sacrifices they make on behalf of the state," Malloy said.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

His service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Notre Dame Catholic Church on Morehouse Road in Easton.

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