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      Remembering Sgt. Eric Stein

      UPDATE The following statement was issued by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad Thursday afternoon:

      Gov. Terry E. Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from Noon on Friday, April 8, 2011, until 8 a.m. on Monday, April 11, 2011 in honor of Sergeant Eric Stein, who was killed in the line of duty serving the Keokuk County Sheriff Department on Monday, April 4, 2011 in rural Keokuk County.

      The governor TMs directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under control of the State of Iowa.

      Flags will be at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

      Additionally, Gov. Branstad will be signing a proclamation declaring Sergeant Stein a hero of the state of Iowa.

      Sargent Stein, 39, from What Cheer, Iowa, will be laid to rest Saturday, April 9, 2011.

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      KTVO is continuing to cover the tragic events that took place in Keokuk County this past week.

      Today, the Iowa Department of Public Safety issued two press releases. The first press release details the events that took place Monday afternoon. The second press release pertains to information regarding the visitation, funeral and memorial fund for Sgt. Eric Stein.

      Official press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety regarding Monday's events, click here.

      Official press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety regarding the visitation, funeral and memorial fund of Sgt. Eric Stein, click here.

      If you are a local law enforcement officer and are wanting to attend and participate in the funeral this Saturday, information on what to do and where to go is given in the second press release.