Dayton orders flags flown at half-staff

Published 11:27 pm Friday, September 28, 2018

In honor and remembrance of Minnesota Corrections Officer Joseph Michael Parise, Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered all U.S. flags and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in Minnesota from sunrise until sunset Tuesday.

Parise, 37, dedicated four years of exemplary service to the Minnesota Department of Corrections. From Forest Lake, Parise enjoyed shooting, playing racquetball, cats, his beloved honor guard, spending time with his wife and playing with his beautiful sweet little girl.   

A celebration of Parise’s life with public safety honors will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel.

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At the direction of the governor, Minnesota flies its flags at half-staff following the death of Minnesota first responders fallen in the line of duty on the day of interment.

Parise died in the line of duty after experiencing a medical emergency at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights on Sept. 24.

He is survived by his wife, Andrea Parise; his daughter and his baby due this spring; father, Joseph Parise Sr.; stepmother, Lucille Parise; three sisters; two brothers; grandfather, Patsy Ciccotelli (Linda); mother- and father-in-law Mike and Nancy Dean; brother-in-law, Preston (Michaela) Dean; and several other family members, loving friends, and many fellow correctional officers and colleagues.