Flags to fly at half staff on Thursday in honor of EMT Matthew Deicher | By Ron Naab

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Sept. 27, 2017 – Washington Co., WI – The Governor of Wisconsin has ordered flags to fly at half-staff on Sept. 28, 2017, to honor Matthew Deicher, an Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter who died in the line of duty.

In accordance with this order, please ensure that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin are flown at half-staff at all state facilities, beginning at sunrise Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, and ending at sunset on that same date.

On Saturday,  Sept. 23, 2017 Wisconsin lost Matthew Mark Deicher of the Mosinee Fire District.  Deicher passed away from complications due to his injuries and related medical condition he suffered while in the Line of Duty.

Deicher was injured July 31, 2003, while working on a patient in the back of an ambulance that was enroute to a hospital.

The ambulance, running in an emergency mode, experienced a loss of control due to hydroplaning of the rear wheels.  As a result of the hydroplaning, the ambulance entered the median on I-39/USH-51 and rolled over.

The patient died from head injuries, another EMT suffered broken bones and Deicher became a quadriplegic.

Life since the accident was not easy for Deicher, but he always had a great outlook on life and was very grateful for the support many in the surrounding area gave him.

The Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial Honor Guard assisted the family and the Mosinee Fire District at the visitation and funeral service, under the direction of Commander Moser from the fourth district of the WSFMHG.

Visitation was Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Beste Funeral Home in Mosinee.  Funeral services will be Th.ursday, Sept 28 at Bethany Baptist Church in Schofield.

Photo courtesy Beste Funeral Home

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