ST. PAUL -- In honor and remembrance of Red Lake Conservation Officer Shannon Barron, Gov. Tim Walz has 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 on Thursday, July 11.

Barron died on duty when he suffered a medical emergency while responding to a call. He served 23 years with the Red Lake Department of Public Safety and leaves behind a wife, two children, the aunt who raised him, and many friends and family, a release from the governor’s office said.

“Conservation Officer Barron was an outstanding conservation officer who was admired and respected by his colleagues, and served with dignity and pride,” reads Walz’ proclamation. “The State of Minnesota recognizes Conservation Officer Barron for his dedicated service to, and sacrifice for, his fellow citizens with its deepest gratitude, and all thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and entire community of Red Lake.”

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.

An overnight wake for Barron will start at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at the Red Lake Humanities Building. The wake continues until the funeral at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, also at the Red Lake Humanities Building.