In honor and remembrance of Pilot Timothy McDonald, 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 Tuesday.
McDonald died while on duty in a helicopter crash in Brainerd. He worked as a pilot for North Memorial Health Air Care for the past four years, following his service in the United States Army as an aviation warrant officer and as a paramedic for North Memorial. He leaves behind a wife, four children, and his parents.
“Pilot McDonald was an outstanding pilot who was respected and admired by his colleagues and served the public with dignity and pride,” reads the proclamation issued by Walz. “The state of Minnesota recognizes pilot Tim McDonald for his dedicated services to, and sacrifice for, his fellow citizens with its deepest gratitude, and all thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and entire community."
At the direction of the governor, Minnesota flies its flags at half-staff on the day of interment following the death of Minnesota first responders fallen in the line of duty.