Flags to be lowered for Missouri fire chief

3 years 7 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, October 23 2014 Oct 23, 2014 Thursday, October 23, 2014 3:20:02 AM CDT October 23, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

ALTON (AP) - Flags on public buildings in a southern Missouri county will be lowered to honor a volunteer fire chief who was killed in the line of duty.

Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered the Missouri and American flags to be flown at half-staff on state buildings in Oregon County on Friday, when a funeral will be held for 45-year-old Eddie Johnson Jr.

Johnson was a full-time police office for the town of Alton as well as a reserve sheriff's deputy and chief of Alton's volunteer fire department.

He was killed Monday while driving to a house fire. The Highway Patrol says Johnson's SUV went off U.S. 160 west of Alton, struck a driveway and overturned. Johnson was thrown from the vehicle.

 

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