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Salem, OR—Governor Tina Kotek today ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff until sunset August 10 to honor Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Service Firefighter Benjamin Charles Sapper, who tragically passed in the line of duty on August 4.

Benjamin graduated from Boulder High School and the University of Colorado with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics. Benjamin joined the Forest Service out of a desire to serve the community and be part of a great team. He was looking forward to starting graduate school this fall at the University of British Columbia in Earth Sciences.

Governor Kotek issued the following statement about the tragedy:

“The First Lady and I offer our condolences to the family of firefighter Benjamin Charles Sapper,” Governor Kotek said. “I am grateful for Benjamin’s selflessness and service to our state. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.”

Note to editors: The U.S. Flag Code governs the circumstances under which governors are allowed to lower the American flag. Governors are allowed to lower flags for first responders who have died in the line of duty.

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