CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch has directed that flags be lowered to half-staff Saturday in honor of Hopkinton’s fire chief, who died of an apparent heart attack while on duty.

Richard Schaefer died last Sunday. He was 52.

The department said Schaefer died while he was working at the Hopkinton State Fair.

Schaefer had served the town since 1979. He was promoted to deputy chief in 1991 and chief in 1999.

A service is being held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Church in Henniker.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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