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3 fallen Marines with ties to Pa. honored with flags flown at half-staff

Natasha Lindstrom

Flags at the state Capitol and public buildings across Pennsylvania began flying at half-staff Thursday to honor three Marines killed in the line of duty.

Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all U.S. and state flags to remain lowered through sunset Sunday and invited others to participate.

Local emergency services officials and public facilities around the state paid the same tribute, including Eureka Fire Rescue in Tarentum.

All three fallen Marines had ties to Pennsylvania, including relatives who live in York and Montgomery counties.

The parents of Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman live in Windsor Township, York County.

Sgt. Benjamin Hines, 31, was a 2006 graduate of Dallastown High School in York County.

The third Marine, a pilot, died March 30 in a helicopter crash during training at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona. He was identified as Maj. Matthew Wiegand of Ambler, Montgomery County.

Public buildings in Delaware and New York also lowered their flags in memoriam this week.

In a statement, Wolf says gratitude should be shown every day to soldiers like Wiegand, Hines and Slutman.

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, D-Braddock, offered his condolences to their families and expressed “profound respect and gratitude for their sacrifice.”

“The people of Pennsylvania have always come together to support each other in times of tragedy,” Fetterman said.

Wolf ordered the flags to be lowered again on the day each man is laid to rest.

Memorial arrangements have not been announced.

The Associated Press contributed.

Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Natasha at 412-380-8514, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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