Flags at all Allentown fire stations have been ordered to fly at half staff to honor former fire department battalion chief Herbert Ring, who died Monday night.

Captain John Christopher of the Allentown Fire Department said the 81-year-old Ring was born on January 13, 1933. He joined the city  fire department on June 29, 1956. Ring served 38 years and rose to the rank of battalion chief of the second platoon before retiring on January 14, 1995.

Christopher said services still are being planned for Ring.