Gov. Evers orders flags to half-staff in honor of Ixonia Fire Captain

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MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order No. 96 ordering the U.S. and Wisconsin flags to be flown at half-staff to honor Capt. Kelly Lynn Raether of the town of Ixonia Fire & EMS.

A release said Raether died Nov. 26 after contracting COVID–19 when responding to the emergency medical needs of a COVID-19 patient.

“Capt. Raether served her community every day with astounding courage and selflessness, putting her health and safety on the line, even during a global pandemic, to help others,” Evers said. “This is a devastating loss and we send our deepest condolences to Capt. Raether’s family and the Ixonia community. While our first responders are always prepared to run towards danger, let this be a reminder to all of us how critical our actions are in helping to keep them safe during this pandemic.”

Raether was an emergency medicine technician for 15 years. She was a professor of nursing, teaching the next generation of healthcare providers.

Evers ordered the flags to be half-staff Saturday when there will be a funeral for Raether in Ixonia.