Deal orders flags to fly at half-staff for fallen Marietta firefighter

Ron Herens was on vacation with fellow firefighters in Los Angeles when their vehicle was hit by a suspected drunk driver.

MARIETTA, Ga. -- In another show of respect for a Marietta firefighter who tragically lost his life in a suspected DUI accident, Georgia's governor is ordering flags fly at half staff.

Last week, 23-year-old Ron Herens was driving in Los Angeles with four other members of the Marietta Fire Department when their car was hit by a suspected drunk driver. Herens was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other firefighters were taken to the hospital.

Photos | Marietta firefighter killed, two injured in a crash

Now, Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered all flags in Cobb County to fly at half-staff on April 19 until sunset to honor his life.

"It is fitting and proper to recognize Mr. Herens' service to the citizens of Cobb County and the state of Georgia," the executive order reads.

This past weekend, Herens was given a hero's welcome as officials transported his body back from California.

On Tuesday, the Marietta Fire Department will hold a procession as Herens is moved from the funeral home to Trinity Chapel for a visitation. 

A celebration of life service for the 23-year-old will take place Wednesday at 2 p.m., where he will lie in state before being buried at Cheatham Hill Memorial Park.

Photos | Crowds gather to remember fallen Marietta firefighter

The City of Marietta called the executive order a fitting tribute, once Herens deserves "as he was a true public servant and hero to us all."

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