Local firefighters gather to honor Metro Fire engineer killed in crash

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ROSEVILLE, Calif. (KTXL) — A flag at the Roseville Fire Department was lowered to half staff in honor of a firefighter who lost his life over the weekend. 

Wednesday it was replaced by another, a gift from the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District as a thank you for a flag lent and a bond strengthened.  

“Obviously, Roseville didn’t need a flag, they have one that’s been flying. But there’s some symbolism behind it, us repaying a favor,” said Sacramento Metro Fire Capt. Chris Vestal.

Saturday morning, Metro Fire firefighter Kyle Rutherford crashed along Interstate 80 on his way to work.

Roseville firefighters responded to the scene because they were nearby.

Battalion Chief Matt Lauchner said he trained with Rutherford decades ago.

“Engine 6 here ran the call on Kyle that morning and they had no idea responding to the call that it would be someone they knew,” he said.

Rutherford died from his injuries and Sacramento firefighters found themselves without a flag to drape over his body, so Roseville firefighters stepped in.

“And they came over here to their fire station, lowered their flag and presented that to us,” Capt. Vestal said. “So today, we’re returning that favor by presenting them a new flag for their station.”

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