Town Flags lowered to half mast in memory of fallen firefighter

It is with profound sorrow and a heavy heart that I announce the tragic loss of one of our courageous firefighters, J. Michael Muller, who valiantly gave his life while responding to an apartment complex fire in collaboration with the City of Columbia firefighters. On behalf of the entire IRMO community, I extend my deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Firefighter J. Michael Muller.

Firefighter J. Michael Muller exemplified the spirit of selflessness and bravery that defines our firefighting community. He fearlessly put himself in harm’s way to protect the lives and property of others, demonstrating unwavering dedication to his duty as a firefighter. We are forever indebted to him for his service and sacrifice.

As a respected member of the IRMO Fire Department, Firefighter J. Michael Muller played a pivotal role in safeguarding our community from the perils of fire and other emergencies. His commitment to public safety was unparalleled, and his actions will be remembered as a testament to his heroism and unwavering dedication to duty.

During this challenging time, it is crucial that we come together as a community to support one another and honor the memory of Firefighter J. Michael Muller. The town of IRMO will work closely with the Fire Department and the City of Columbia to provide all necessary support to Firefighter Muller’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they navigate this devastating loss.

In remembrance of Firefighter J. Michael Muller’s bravery and sacrifice, I have ordered that the flags at all town facilities be lowered to half-mast for the next 7 days. We will also organize a memorial service to celebrate his life and commemorate his contributions. Further details regarding the memorial service will be communicated to the public in the near future.

Let us honor Firefighter J. Michael Muller’s memory by recognizing the incredible sacrifices made by our local firefighters and emergency responders every day. Their dedication and courage ensure the safety and well-being of our community. Together, we must ensure that they have the resources and support they need to carry out their vital mission.

Today, we mourn the loss of a true hero, Firefighter J. Michael Muller. His legacy will forever live on in the hearts of those he touched, and his service will be remembered as an inspiration to us all. May his soul find eternal peace.


Barry A. Walker, Sr.

Mayor of IRMO,SC