Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Orders Flags Lowered for Peace Officers Memorial Day

May 14, 2013, 10:44 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today ordered all U.S. and Pennsylvania state flags at commonwealth facilities statewide to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, May 15, in recognition of National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Peace Officers Memorial Day was created by the U.S. Congress to honor the memory of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Private residences and businesses are also encouraged to fly flags at half-staff on that day.

On this day, we pay tribute to the local, state and federal law enforcement officers who provide a vital public service and play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of our citizens. We honor them for their character, leadership and courage.

Pennsylvania law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty during 2012 include: Officer Avery E. Freeman, City of Chester Police Department; Officer Brian J. Lorenzo, of Philadelphia Police Department; Officer Moses Walker Jr., of Philadelphia Police Department; Officer Bradley M. Fox, of Plymouth Township Police Department; and Trooper First Class Blake T. Coble, of the Pennsylvania State Police.

All Pennsylvanians are invited to join in this tribute.

Media contactJanet Kelley, 717-783-1116

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor