Governor Evers orders flags to half staff to honor corrections worker killed at youth facility

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order #231 ordering the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff immediately through sunset on Thurs., June 27, 2024, in honor of Corey P. Proulx, a youth counselor for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC), who was killed while on duty. Proulx passed away on June 25, 2024, at the age of 49.

Proulx was injured during a fight Monday night at Lincoln Hills-Copper Lake Schools, the state’s youth prison in Irma in northern Wisconsin. He was declared brain-dead Tuesday at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Lincoln County Coroner Valerie Caylor according to Wisconsin Public Radio.

The assault is under investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation, the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office.

The DOC has deployed peer supporters to help staff process the event, according to a release from the agency.

“Our hearts break for Corey, his family and loved ones, his colleagues at the department, and all those who knew and loved him. By all accounts, Corey was a dedicated public servant who led with kindness and compassion in his commitment toward helping and supporting the youth he worked with,” said Gov. Evers. “Wisconsinites today are honoring Corey and his service as we mourn his tragic passing and keep Corey’s family and loved ones, colleagues, and all those who knew and served alongside him in our hearts and our prayers.”

Executive Order #231 will be in effect immediately through sunset on Thurs., June 27, 2024, as well as the date of Proulx’s interment, which has not yet been announced. Executive Order #231 is available here.

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