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WHEREAS , Deputy Sheriff Aaron P. Roberts graduated from Drury University Law Enforcement Academy on June 21, 2013; and
WHEREAS, Deputy Sheriff Roberts began his law enforcement career in October 2013, working as a police officer with the Willard Police Department, where he continued to serve until June 2017; and
WHEREAS, Deputy Sheriff Roberts then began his service with the Greene County Sheriffs Office; and
WHEREAS, on September 7, 2018, Deputy Sheriff Roberts was on duty with the Greene County Sheriffs Office and had just completed responding to a 9-1-1 call when his patrol car was swept away by flood waters, which resulted in his death; and
WHEREAS , law enforcement officers courageously and selflessly strive to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their fellow citizens ; and
WHEREAS, the people of the State of Missouri are thankful for the brave individuals in law enforcement who consider the welfare of others a personal responsibility and work tirelessly to protect the lives and property of their fellow citizens.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Michael L. Parson, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI , as a mark of respect for the death of DEPUTY SHERIFF AARON P. ROBERTS and for his bravery and service to the Greene County Sheriffs Office, do hereby order that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Missouri shall be flown at half-staff at all government buildings statewide for one full day on September 13, 2018, from sunrise to sunset.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF , I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal oftbe State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 10th day of September , 2018.
**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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