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W.Va. governor orders flags lowered for Lake VFD chief who died while responding to call


CHARLESTON, West Virginia — State flags at the Capitol Complex and at state facilities in Logan County are at half-staff in honor of a fire chief who died while responding to a call for assistance.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered the flags to be lowered from dawn to dusk on Wednesday in honor of 63-year-old Lake Volunteer Fire Department Chief George Underwood.

Assistant state fire marshal Jason Baltic told WSAZ-TV ( ) that Underwood collapsed on April 3 as he was helping to clean out a blocked culvert.

Tomblin says in a news release that Underwood had served as the fire department's chief for more than 25 years.

A funeral services is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Victory Freewill Baptist Church in Mill Creek.

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