JOPPA, Md. (WJZ) — Friends, co-workers and the community are gathering Friday to remember Lt. Nathan Flynn after he was killed in a 7-alarm fire in Howard County early this week.
A viewing for Flynn was held from 12 to 8 p.m. at the Mountain Christian Church in Joppa.READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Warm & Breezy Friday, Alert Day On Saturday
“This is a dangerous job. When we lose somebody we have to be there for them, we have to be there for the family.”
Flynn responded to a fire at a Clarksville home around 2 a.m. Monday. While he was inside trying to battle the blaze he fell through the first floor into the basement.
It took rescuers 22 minutes to find Flynn inside the smoke-filled home, but he was unconscious. He was rushed to an area hospital where he later died.
“Understandably a very difficult time for all of us.”
Flags were flown at half-staff this week for the 34-year-old father of five, husband and 13-year veteran firefighter. The city of Havre de Grace also honored Flynn who had made their community his home.READ MORE: Man, 41, Charged With Attempted Murder In April Shooting, Baltimore Police Say
Retired firefighter Tom Shull says he knew Flynn.
“I was actually a classmate of his training, class 20, wonderful guy,” Shull said. “He’s going to be sorely missed.”
The Howard County Fire Department has posthumously promoted Flynn to lieutenant.
The investigation continues into the cause of the fire. Lightning was reportedly seen in the area before the blaze.
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