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New York honors fallen Wayne County firefighter

Governor Kathy Hochul has ordered flags on state buildings to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday to honor the memory of firefighter Dan DeWolf from Wayne County. DeWolf, 52, a member of the Fairville Volunteer Fire Department in Arcadia, tragically passed away on January 21 due to cardiac arrest while responding to a fire.

DeWolf’s dedication to firefighting spanned over three decades, including a term as the department’s chief. His untimely death underscores the significant risks undertaken by volunteer firefighters in their commitment to public safety.

Governor Hochul expressed deep condolences, stating, “The loss of Dan DeWolf will be felt across New York as it highlights the risks these firefighters take on voluntarily. My heart is with Mr. DeWolf’s loved ones and his fellow firefighters. We are thankful for his service.” The gesture of lowering the flags serves as a symbol of respect and gratitude for DeWolf’s selfless service to the community.