Governor Paul LePage has ordered that all State of Maine flags on state grounds and public buildings  be lowered to half staff on Thursday, April 3rd from sunrise to sunset to honor the Boston firefighters who lost their lives fighting the fire in the Back Bay.

Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh Jr. of West Roxbury and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy of Hyde Park were killed on Wednesday, March 26 while battling a wind-stoked fire on Beacon Street in Boston.

"On behalf of all Mainers, our heartfelt prayers and condolences go out the families of Lieutenant Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy, as well as their fellow firefighters on the Boston Fire Department," said Governor LePage. "We grieve with the families of these brave firemen and recognize those who dedicate themselves to protecting and safeguarding Americans every day."