Jan. 21—ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Walz has ordered flags across the state to be flown at half-staff in honor of a fallen first responder and one-time Rochester youth pastor.
U.S. and Minnesota flags will be flown at half-staff Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, in honor of the Rev. Brian Alnes.
Alnes, 53, died on Jan. 4, 2022, due to complications from a medical condition obtained during the line of duty service.
"Reverend Alnes was a dedicated firefighter who was respected by his family, friends and colleagues," reads the proclamation issued by Walz. "With its deepest gratitude, the State of Minnesota recognizes Reverend Alnes for his dedicated service to, and sacrifice for, his fellow Minnesotans, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and community."
Alnes served for eight years as a first responder and firefighter with the Crystal Fire Department and as a first responder in Swanville. He also served as a reserve chaplain for both the Morrison County and Todd County sheriff's offices.
Alnes lived in Rochester in the early 2000s and served as a youth pastor at Salem Road Covenant Church. He also served as the executive director of the church's camp — Lake Beauty Bible Camp in Long Prairie for 15 years.
"Brian was a great man of faith who left lasting impressions on all who met him, including our youth," said Ron Peterson, church chairman at Salem Road Covenant Church. "He only served as our youth pastor for two years, but for the past 15 years as camp director for our church camp. He will be greatly missed."
He is survived by his wife and four sons as well as two grandsons, his parents, his sister as well as various in-laws, aunts, uncles and cousins,
according to his obituary