Flags to be lowered Saturday, August 9
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, Aug. 9 in honor of Matthew Goodnature of Phoenix, Oregon. The 21-year-old was off duty when he died near the Launch Fire near Fourmile Lake.
"Matthew Goodnature's death is a reminder of the human toll that wildfires have," Governor Kitzhaber said. "He was a young man who was doing his part to help protect Oregon's natural resources. As Oregonians, we honor Matthew for his dedication to public safety, and for his sacrifice. My thoughts are with his family, friends and his colleagues who continue to risk their lives to fight fires."
A memorial service will be held on Saturday in Phoenix.