JOES, Colo. (CBS4) – It was a hero’s salute for a volunteer firefighter killed while battling a grass fire. A procession on Friday was in honor of firefighter Larry Wyant of Joes Fire Department.
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Wyant died during a response to a fire at the end of October. Wyant was with crew members battling a fire in a cornfield when winds shifted, and he was overcome by the flames.
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It’s the second tragedy for the firefighting community on Colorado’s Eastern Plains recently. Also in October, 34-year-old firefighter Darcy Stallings from the Yuma Volunteer Fire Department was killed in a car crash while responding to a fire call.
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Gov. Jared Polis has ordered flags to be lowered to half staff until sunset Friday in honor of Wyant.