Half-Staff Alert for July 8, 2016
For Michigan Only


Lansing, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. flags within the State Capitol Complex to be lowered to half-staff on Friday, July 8, in recognition of former state Rep. Wilfred Webb. He also ordered U.S. flags on all state buildings across Michigan to be lowered to half-staff at the same time in recognition of Harrison Township Fireman Lieutenant Andrew B. Russell. Both men died Saturday, July 2, and their funerals are both on Friday.

"Rep. Webb dedicated much of his life helping the citizens of Hazel Park and Lt. Russell was a devoted firefighter who served his community well for 20 years," Snyder said. "My thoughts are with the family, friends and communities these two fine Michiganders served for many years."

Webb taught for Hazel Park schools in the 1940s. In 1953 he helped create one of the first youth assistance programs that aimed to cut down juvenile crime. In 1958, he became the district's superintendent, and in 1985 he was named to the Michigan Education Hall of Fame. Webb was elected into the state House of Representatives in 1982 where he served for 10 years. While in office he served on the Education and Appropriations Committees.

Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 8, at the First United Methodist Church at 315 East 9 Mile Road in Hazel Park.

Russell served as a firefighter for Harrison Township for the past 20 years. He was well known at his church, St. Clement of Rome, where he taught catechism for many years. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #7018 where he served as an inside guard. He enjoyed hunting, camping and spending time with his friends and family.

Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 8, at the St. Clement Catholic Church of Rome located at 343 South Main Street in Romeo.

This flag order is in accordance with Executive Order 2013-10. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Saturday, July 9.

When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.






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