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Suisun councilman asks for flags to be flown at half staff to honor Arizona firefighters

By From page A4 | July 03, 2013

SUISUN CITY — Suisun City Councilman Mike Segala asked that the city’s flags can be flown at half staff Wednesday in honor of the 19 Arizona firefighters from the Prescott Fire Department who lost their lives Sunday.

“Our thoughts are with them because they risk their lives every day for us,” said City Councilwoman Jane Day, who also praised the city’s volunteer firefighters.

Fire Chief Mike O’Brien said that the fire department had already put the flag in front of the city’s fire station at half staff to honor the fallen peers.

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Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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  • Rich GiddensJuly 03, 2013 - 8:58 am

    Why is it I don't see any such honors proffered and paid when a helicopter full of Navy SEALS crashes in Afghanistan?

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  • CHRISTINE GABRIELJuly 03, 2013 - 7:15 pm

    Does the council have the authority to say flags should be flown at half mast? I think it is a nice gesture but have alway thought the way of the following information. According to the Flag Code, only the President of the United States, your state's Governor, and the Mayor of the District of Columbia can order the US flag lowered to half-staff. If everyone were to half-staff the US flag at will, the symbolic value of that honor would be lost. Another option is to display black crepe near the entrance to your building, perhaps with a photograph of the former mayor, firefighter, police officer, etc.

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