CT flags should be at half-staff to honor firefighter killed in line of duty

State of Connecticut flags should be flown at half-staff in honor of the Hartford firefighter who died Tuesday night while fighting a house fire in the state’s capital city.

“Last night’s tragic events are another reminder of the incredible sacrifice that our state’s first responders make on a daily basis,” said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who issued the directive on Wednesday.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the hero we lost and those who were injured in the line of duty in our capital city,” Malloy said.

Flags will remain at half-staff until funeral services are held, the date of which has not been determined.

Six-year veteran of the department

Hartford firefighter Kevin Bell, 48, was killed while battling a house blaze on Blue Hills Avenue. Bell was a six-year veteran of the Hartford Fire Department. He was married with one child, according to reports.

Bell is the first Hartford firefighter to die in the line of duty in 40 years. Three other firefighters were injured during the incident.