Half-Staff Alert for May 1 until Interment, 2017
For Arkansas Only

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS COME -- GREETINGS:

WHEREAS: Cove Creek Pearson Fire Chief Doug Deckard was killed in the line of duty on April 30, 2017, while monitoring water lines on Arkansas Highway 25 during a severe thunderstorm. Deckard was struck by a vehicle and passed away as a result; and

WHEREAS: Deckard was a devoted and brave firefighter for over four decades. He also served his community as Cleburne County Search and Rescue Team Coordinator and was active in other local positions; and

WHEREAS: Deckard had a heart for service, and he was consistently helping others around him; and

WHEREAS: Deckard demonstrated a lifetime of public service through his selfless nature and his years of commitment to Cleburne County and to Arkansas. His leadership and diligence to provide protection for citizens speaks to his strong character and compassion for his fellow man. Deckard will be remembered and cherished for his meaningful life;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ASA HUTCHINSON, Governor of the State of Arkansas, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws of the State of Arkansas, in tribute to the memory of the Fire Chief Doug Deckard and as an expression of public sorrow, do hereby direct that the state flag of Arkansas be flown at half-staff from May 1st, 2017 to the day of interment.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Arkansas to be affixed this 1st day of May, in the year of our Lord 2017.

Asa Hutchinson, Governor




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