Missouri flags will fly at half-staff at all government buildings in the Kansas City area on Wednesday to honor an emergency medical technician who died from the coronavirus.

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri flags will fly at half-staff at all government buildings in the Kansas City area on Wednesday to honor an emergency medical technician who died from the coronavirus.

Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday also ordered the U.S. and Missouri flags to be flown at half-staff at the Fire Fighters Memorial of Missouri in Kingdom City in honor of 69-year-old Billy Birmingham.

Birmingham, an EMT for the Kansas City Fire Department, died April 13 from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. He had responded to several service calls involving patients with the virus. His death is the first-known line-of-duty death of a Missouri first responder with the illness.

Flags will be at half-staff Wednesday at government buildings in Jackson, Cass, Clay and Platte counties.

"EMT Birmingham died heroically and selflessly in service to others," Parson said in a statement. "His death is a reminder to all of us to appreciate and thank the EMTs, paramedics, and all first responders who are serving on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19."