ST. PAUL — In honor of pilot Timothy McDonald, Minnesota 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, July 9.

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 U.S. Army as an aviation warrant officer and as a paramedic for North Memorial. He leaves behind a wife, four children and his parents.

At the direction of the governor, Minnesota flies its flags at half-staff following the death of Minnesota first responders fallen in the line of duty, on the day of interment.

Flags were flown at half-staff July 3 for the flight nurse who was with McDonald at the time, Debra K. Schott of Lester Prairie. She had been a critical care nurse for 15 years for North Memorial Health Care.