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State flags to be lowered in honor of firefighter who died

July 24, 2019 GMT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered state flags be lowered to half-staff on Friday in honor of a Roswell firefighter who has died from injuries suffered in the line of duty.

Authorities say 46-year-old Jeff Stroble died Sunday.

He was injured in a June 5 explosion that occurred while members of the Roswell Fire Department were preparing for the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display.

Stroble was a 17-year veteran of the department.

Under the governor’s executive order issued Wednesday, flags will fly at half-staff from sundown Thursday through sundown Friday.