Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Slain Chaplain, Fallen Firefighters

Des Moines, Iowa — Flags are at half-staff this weekend, for two different reasons.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in honor and remembrance of Rev. Al Henderson, a pastor in Fort Dodge who was killed Wednesday night at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Henderson was the chaplain for the Fort Dodge Police Department, Webster County Sheriff’s Department, Iowa State Patrol, and Fort Dodge Fire Department.

He was the pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge and in Boone.

Also, in accordance to Public Law 107-51, the American flag should be lowered to half-staff on Sunday, October 6, 2019, from sunrise to sunset in observance of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the tax-exempt, nonprofit foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor our fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers.

The 38th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will be held Sunday, October 6, 2019, to honor 92 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2018 and 27 firefighters who died in the line of duty in previous years.

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