MADISON— Gov. Tony Evers has ordered the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for Union Grove-Yorkville firefighter Brian Serdynski.
He passed away on Sat., Nov. 2, as the result of a heart attack he had suffered a few weeks earlier while on an emergency call.
“Brian was a loving father, loyal friend, and a pillar of his community, and put his life on the line to protect and serve others,” said Evers. “I join Wisconsinites in mourning his death and remembering his legacy of selfless service. My deepest condolences are with Brian's family, including his wife Rachael and three kids, and his Union Grove-Yorkville Fire Department family.”
The order is effective immediately for Monday, Nov. 4, until sunset on Sunday, Nov. 10.
A GoFundMe that has been set up for Serdynski notes the following:
"On October 19th Brian was responding to a fatal car accident. On the scene he started to have chest pain and dizziness. The second ambulance checked him out and said he was having a heart attack and took him to the hospital. He was taken to the cardiac cath lab and he had one artery that was 100 percent blocked and one that was thirty percent blocked.
"They did a procedure to clear the blockage. He was released on the on the 21st. He saw his primary doctor on October 30th and the Cardiologist on October 31st and was cleared to go back to work.
Friday, November 1st into Saturday morning Rachael was woken to Brian gasping for air and unresponsive. Rachael called 911 and started CPR. The EMTs and Fire department worked on Brian for over an hour and was unable to be resuscitated.
Brian leaves his wife Rachael and his 3 young children Noah, Henry, and Amelia. Brian is not only a hero to his wife and children, but to those he served everytime he answered the call of duty, because firefighters walk where the devil dances.