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Services set for fallen Clinton firefighter

CLINTON, Iowa – A public visitation and a memorial service for Clinton Fire Lt. Eric Hosette, killed Saturday in an explosion at the Arthur Daniels Midland plant in Clinton, are set for Friday and Saturday.

The explosion occurred that morning, while fire crews were fighting a grain silo storage bin fire at ADM’s loading facility; the incident still is under investigation and no further information has been released.

Firefighter and paramedic Adam Cain, 23, injured in the blast, is on the mend at a hospital in Iowa City.

The visitation for Hosette will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Zion Lutheran Church, 439 Third Ave. S. The memorial service begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Riverview Park, next to the band shell.

Those planning to attend are advised to arrive early; a large crowd is expected, City Administrator Matt Brooke said in a news release.

Snell-Zornig Funeral Home in Clinton is handling arrangements.

Hosette, 33, of Charlotte, Iowa, joined the Clinton Fire Department on Sept. 17, 2006 and was promoted to lieutenant on Aug. 25.

He also was chief of the Charlotte Fire Department.

Among others, he is survived by his wife of 8 years, Kellene “Kelly” Mohr Hosette, formerly of Fulton, and their daughter, Addalyn.

As his family said in his obituary, “Lt. Hosette will forever be remembered as a true hero who answered his final call doing what he loved to do and knew that his fellow firefighters would be ready to ‘take it from here’.”

For those who wish to donate, accounts have been set up for the families of Hosette and Cain at Clinton National Bank, 235 Sixth Ave. South, Clinton, IA 52732; it can be reached at 563-243-1243.

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