Half Staff Notifications
Flags are at half-staff today.
Governor Doug Ducey ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Wednesday, July 8, 2020, to honor helicopter pilot Bryan Boatman. A resident of Glendale, Arizona, Boatman was killed Tuesday in a helicopter crash while helping firefighters contain the Polles Fire on the Tonto National Forest in Gila County.
Boatman was 37 years old. He is survived by his wife and an 8-year-old child.
“This tragic loss is a reminder of the ever-present dangers faced by those battling wildfires,” said Governor Ducey. “As a helicopter pilot, Bryan Boatman was carrying out a service to the people of Arizona alongside the men and women fighting the Polles Fire. He performed his duty with honor and bravery, and it will be remembered as such by our state. My deepest condolences go out to Bryan’s family and loved ones. Our prayers are with them and all of Arizona’s wildland firefighters working day and night to keep us safe.”
“In honor of Bryan’s life, I’ve ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff.”
Governor Doug Ducey ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset tomorrow, July 7, 2020 for the interment of Peoria Police Officer Jason Judd.
Governor Doug Ducey ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on July 2, 2020, to honor Peoria Police Officer Jason Judd. Officer Judd died Wednesday following a motorcycle crash while on duty. A husband and a father, Officer Judd was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served with the Peoria Police Department for 21 years. “Arizona mourns the tragic loss of Peoria Police Officer Jason Judd,” said Governor Ducey. “A 21-year veteran of the Peoria Police Department, Officer Judd put his life on the line every day to keep Arizonans safe. Our prayers are with his family, loved ones and fellow officers. To honor Officer Judd’s life and service, I have ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff.” Individuals and businesses are encouraged to join in the tribute.
Governor Doug Ducey ordered flags at all state building be lowered to half-staff today, June 30, 2020 in honor and remembrance of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot Firefighters who lost their lives battling the Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013.
“Seven years ago, on one of the most tragic days in Arizona history, 19 heroic firefighters lost their lives protecting fellow Arizonans and their communities,” said Governor Ducey. “The brave Yarnell 19 had their whole lives ahead of them. They had families, loved ones and friends who cared deeply about them. They knew the dangers of their job, but they did it anyway, with courage and an abiding sense of duty and commitment to our communities. They represent all that is best about Arizona, and we will forever remember and honor their sacrifices. Our prayers are with the family and loved ones of the Yarnell 19. May their cherished memories and the honor bestowed by their heroic actions bring comfort today and always.”
Governor Doug Ducey today ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset tomorrow, Saturday, June 20, 2020, to honor Navajo Police Department Officer Michael Lee. This morning, Officer Lee passed away after battling COVID-19. He was a 29-year veteran with the Chinle Police District of the Navajo Police Department.
“Arizona is saddened by the loss of Officer Michael Lee and our prayers are with his family, friends and fellow officers,” said Governor Ducey. “Officer Lee was a dedicated member of the Navajo Police Department for 29 years. Arizona is grateful to all our frontline public health and safety workers keeping us safe during this pandemic. In honor of Office Lee’s life and service, I’ve ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff.”
In recognition of Memorial Day, Governor Ducey released the following statement:
“On Memorial Day, we remember the men and women who laid down their lives to defend and serve our country.
“Since our nation’s founding, more than one million Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice.
“As President Reagan said, ‘Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden.’
“May we honor their sacrifices by fiercely guarding the liberties for which they gave their lives.
“To America’s fallen heroes and the loved ones who mourn them, we owe an eternal debt of gratitude. May God watch over them, and all who continue to serve to keep our nation free.
“I wish all Arizonans a meaningful and safe Memorial Day. To recognize all who have died for our country, I’ve ordered all state flags be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until noon on Monday, May 25, 2020. I invite all Arizonans to join in this tribute.”
In honor of Memorial Day, flags at all state office buildings will be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to noon on Monday, May 25, 2020. The flags should be raised to full-staff at noon.
Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.