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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.”

Announcement
07/08/2020

Governor Ducey has ordered that flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff immediately until sunset today, March 11, 2020, to honor the life of Tempe Firefighter Tommy Arriaga.

  • Interment
    03/11/2020

Governor Doug Ducey has ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on February 29, 2020, for the interment of White Mountain Apache Police Officer David Kellywood.

Officer Kellywood was killed in the line of duty while responding to a report of gunshots fired south of Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona. Officer Kellywood joined the department nine months ago after graduating from the police academy. Born in McNary, Arizona, Officer Kellywood was a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe.

 

Businesses and individuals are encouraged to join in this tribute. 

  • Interment
    02/29/2020

Governor Doug Ducey today ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset, February 18, 2020, in honor of White Mountain Apache Police Officer David Kellywood.

Officer Kellywood was killed in the line of duty while responding to a report of gunshots fired south of Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona. Officer Kellywood joined the department nine months ago after graduating from the police academy. Born in McNary, Arizona, Officer Kellywood was a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe.

“Arizona mourns the death of Officer David Kellywood of the White Mountain Apache Police Department,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “This heartbreaking loss is another reminder of the danger our law enforcement officers face every day to keep others safe. Our prayers are with Officer Kellywood’s wife, children and loved ones as well as the White Mountain Apache Tribe. In honor of Officer Kellywood’s life and service, I am ordering flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff.”

  • Announcement
    02/18/2020

Governor Doug Ducey ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, January 24, 2020, to honor First Officer Paul Hudson. A resident of Buckeye, AZ, Hudson was killed Wednesday in a plane crash while battling wildfires in New South Wales, Australia. 

 

“First Officer Paul Hudson was a hero who represented Arizona’s very best,” said Governor Ducey. “A graduate of the Naval Academy, First Officer Hudson served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps before becoming a firefighter. Then, when duty called again, First Officer Hudson didn’t hesitate, putting his life on the line to help others battling wildfires in Australia. My sincere condolences go out to First Officer Hudson’s family and loved ones. And our prayers are with them and all Arizona’s firefighters providing aid in Australia.  

 

“In honor of First Officer Hudson’s life and years of service, I’ve ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff.” 

  • Announcement
    01/24/2020 to 01/25/2020

Governor Ducey has ordered that flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, December 7, 2019, in observance of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

 Governor Doug Ducey released the following statement:

 “When the American service members woke up that morning, December 7, 1941, ‘a date which will live in infamy,’ they were taken by surprise and vastly outgunned. But they did not shy from their duty. They fought back in one of the greatest displays of military courage and fortitude in our nation’s history. And their brave example would be carried forward by the more than 16 million Americans who left home to fight, and eventually secure victory, in World War II.“Nearly half of those who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor served aboard the USS Arizona — giving special meaning to this day in the hearts of all Arizonans. It is a day that changed the trajectory of our country forever. And today, we reflect, remember and honor the sacrifices made 78 years ago, while giving thanks to the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country in uniform.”

 Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.

  • Holiday
    12/07/2019

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