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Southern Illinois lawmakers honor fallen Christopher firefighter

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CHRISTOPHER (WSIL) -- Lawmakers from southern Illinois are honoring Christopher firefighter Kody Vanfossan.

Vanfossan died Sunday while fighting a fire at a vacant, two-story building on West Market Street. First responders and community members gathered Tuesday to pay their respects to Vanfossan and his family as a procession made its way to Christopher. Funeral services are set for Friday.

On Tuesday, State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) asked for a moment of silence on the Senate floor for Vanfossan. On Wednesday, State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) presented a resolution honoring the firefighter's sacrifice. 

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) of Murphysboro also honored Vanfossan Thursday in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Governor J.B. Pritzker has ordered flags to fly at half-staff until sunset Friday.

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