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Governor Katie Hobbs has ordered flags at all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, April 14, 2024 in memory of Army veteran and long time public servant Paul Babbitt Jr. who passed away on April 4, 2024. 

Paul spent nearly 30 years serving the citizens of Northern Arizona in a variety of local government roles including on the Flagstaff City Council, and as Vice Mayor and Mayor. He was appointed to the Coconino County Board of Supervisors in 1986 and served until 2004. He was involved in the health and vitality of his local community and had a genuine love for people. 

Governor Hobbs issued the following statement: 

“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Paul Babbitt Jr., a true Arizona statesman whose leadership and commitment to his local community will be remembered for generations to come. I have ordered flags to fly at half-staff on the day of his interment to honor his life and legacy.”  

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

Interment
04/14/2024

Governor Doug Ducey has ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, August 26, in honor of the innocent lives lost to the tragedy in Tucson, including Pima County Constable Deborah Martinez.

“The loss of Constable Deborah Martinez is felt across our state,” said Governor Ducey. “Whether it was serving in the U.S. Army or carrying out her duties as a constable for Pima County, she dedicated her life to helping others and her community. Constable Martinez was a Tucson native who will be remembered for the way she treated others with dignity and respect. Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family, as well as those who also lost their lives in today’s tragic events.”

Constable Martinez enlisted in the Army after the September 11, 2001 attacks on our nation and spent the next 16 years serving. After her time in the Army, she volunteered at local nonprofits dedicated to veterans and their families, and served on various veterans advisory groups. She became the constable for Justice Precinct 8 just earlier this year. Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.

  • Announcement
    08/26/2022

In coordination with the Presidential proclamation, flags at all state buildings will be lowered to half-staff immediately until sunset on July 9, 2022 to honor the victims of the tragedy in Highland Park, Illinois.  

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

  • Announcement
    07/06/2022 to 07/09/2022

Governor Doug Ducey has ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half staff from sunrise to sunset Friday, July 1, 2022 in honor of Yavapai County Sheriff’s Deputy Sergeant Richard Lopez, who was shot and killed in the line of duty Tuesday, June 28. 

Sgt. Lopez was responding to a theft call in a Cordes Lakes neighborhood in Arizona when the suspect fired at him. The sergeant was flown to Phoenix for emergency surgery, but tragically succumbed to his injuries. 

“Arizona mourns Sergeant Richard Lopez, a man who answered the call of duty to protect and serve his community,” said Governor Ducey. “This needless violence is truly terrible. Arizona will always stand with our brave law enforcement. Sgt. Lopez was an incredible community servant whose life was cut too short by a senseless act of lawlessness. Our prayers are with Sgt. Lopez’s wife and children, friends and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office colleagues. In his honor, all state flags will be lowered to half-staff Friday, July 1.”Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.

  • Announcement
    07/01/2022

Governor Doug Ducey ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset tomorrow, June 30, 2022, in honor of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who lost their lives protecting fellow Arizonans from the Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013. The Governor released the following statement:

“Nine years ago, Arizona witnessed one of the most tragic wildfires in our state’s history. Nineteen brave firefighters lost their lives in a valiant effort to protect our communities. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten.

“The heroic Yarnell 19 knew the dangers of the job, and yet still put their lives on the line to ensure the safety of others and abide by their duty and commitment to our state. Today we remember them, and send our thoughts and prayers to their families and loved ones who cared about them deeply.

"We also honor the firefighters today who are fighting wildfires across the state. We are grateful for the bravery you put on display every day to defend the lives of Arizonans.”

 

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

  • Other
    06/30/2022

Governor Doug Ducey ordered all state flags be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on June 24, 2022, in honor of Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney, who passed away.  

The Governor issued the following statement about Mayor Barney:

“Arizona is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mayor Gail Barney. A resident of Queen Creek nearly his entire life, he cared greatly about his community and all those who called it home.

“Under Mayor Barney, the Town of Queen Creek has become one of the fastest growing municipalities in the nation, attracting industry giants and many new residents. His vision and leadership helped make that growth possible. 

“Serving Queen Creek for over 20 years, Mayor Barney dedicated his life to the people of Queen Creek. He was committed to fostering economic growth and creating opportunities for Queen Creek’s growing population. His legacy as a humble public servant who cared for his community will live on.

“I offer my deepest condolences and prayers to his family and loved ones. In his memory, I’ve ordered all state flags be lowered to half-staff.”

  • Announcement
    06/24/2022

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