Flags at Half Staff Today In Honor of Air Care Pilot
Carol McCarthy | Jul 9, 2019 AT 5:21 am
ST. PAUL , MN--Flags at all state and federal buildings are flown at half-staff today in honor of pilot Timothy McDonald. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the state of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset today.
McDonald died while on duty in a helicopter crash in Brainerd. He worked as a pilot for North Memorial Health Air Care for the past four years, following his service in the U.S. Army as an aviation warrant officer and as a paramedic for North Memorial. He leaves behind a wife, four children and his parents.
“Pilot McDonald was an outstanding pilot who was respected and admired by his colleagues and served the public with dignity and pride,” reads the proclamation issued by Governor Walz. “The State of Minnesota recognizes Pilot Tim McDonald for his dedicated services to, and sacrifice for, his fellow citizens with its deepest gratitude, and all thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and entire community.
Flags were flown at half-staff July 3 for the flight nurse who was with McDonald at the time, Debra K. Schott of Lester Prairie. She had been a critical care nurse for 15 years for North Memorial Health Care.
At the direction of the Governor, Minnesota flies its flags at half-staff following the death of Minnesota first responders fallen in the line of duty, on the day of interment.