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Gov. Kitzhaber Orders Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Firefighter

OPB | July 2, 2013 11:27 a.m. | Portland

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Governor John Kitzhaber has ordered all flags at public buildings to be flown at half-staff Wednesday to honor the Oregon firefighter killed along with 18 other members of a hotshot fire crew in Arizona.

John Percin, Jr., was a graduate of West Linn High School.  In a statement, Kitzhaber said, “My thoughts are with his family and friends, and I urge all Oregonians to take a moment to remember John, his bravery, and his noble sacrifice.”

All but one of the 20-member firefighting team called the Granite Mountain Hotshots died Sunday. 

They were fighting a blaze about 35 miles southwest of Prescott, Arizona. 

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