Half-Staff Alert for January 6, 2016
For Michigan Only

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff Wednesday, Jan. 6 on all state buildings and within the state Capitol complex in honor of Charles Adams Jr., a Jackson native and Spring Arbor Township volunteer firefighter who died Saturday, Jan. 2.

Adams, 47, died of heart complications following a search and rescue training exercise in Jackson County. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Thursday, Jan. 7.

“Charles dedicated his life to protecting the Jackson area community, often going above and beyond to ensure the safety of his fellow Michiganders,” Snyder said. “I thank Charles for his lifetime of service and send thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and fellow firefighters and officers.”

Prior to becoming a volunteer firefighter, Adams retired from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department in 2011 where he served as sergeant, road-patrol deputy and reserve officer. He also worked as a traffic accident reconstructionist and was an instructor of law enforcement policies and tactics. Following retirement, Adams served as director of safety and security at Jackson Community College and remained an active member of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department’s alert and homeland security team. He also worked with the Southern Michigan Law Enforcement Training Consortium and the Spring Arbor Township Police Department. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University and was a Parma Western High School graduate.

The service will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at the Queen of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Jackson.

This flag order is in accordance with Executive Order 2013-10. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.

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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