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Gregoire orders flags flown at half-staff for fallen DNR employee

Post by Mike Archbold on Feb. 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm with 4 Comments »
February 16, 2011 12:45 pm

Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at all Washington state agency buildings be lowered to half-staff Thursday in memory of Washington State Department of Natural Resources employee Sam Gaydeski of Beaver.

Gaydeski was killed on the job Monday while clearing brush near Clearwater in Jefferson County.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business Thursday, or first thing Friday morning.
Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join in this recognition.

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. once upon a time it was only proper to lower the US flag for major losses (death of a president, senior statesmen, mass loss of life, etc.). It seems to me your governor is dropping the flag at any excuse. This, in my humble opinion, cheapens the US flag and what it stands for.

  2. NWflyfisher says:

    U.S. Flag Code: http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RL30243.pdf

    “In the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any state, territory, or possession of the United States or the death of a member of the Armed Forces from any State, territory, or possession of the United States, the Governor of that State, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff…”

    With no disrespect intended to Mr. Sam Gaydeski, was he an “official of the government”? The article says he was a DNR employee and not a state official.

  3. Westender says:

    Loss of life in a government position with the DNR is not common place. Mr Gaydeski was a fantastic employee, dedicated to this state and a large part of our community. Mr Gaydeski working with the lions club made sure that the evergreen hostpital had a christmas tree every year delivered from Forks to Seattle, he also helped deliver firewood to the needy in Quincy every year while bringing back thousands of pounds of food to the county’s needy for the holiday.

    There was no better family man then Mr Gaydeski and he comes from a long line of great people that have worked or helped our Washington state government. If you used Mr Gaydeski as a bar for lowering the flag then half the state officals would fall well below the line.

  4. NWflyfisher says:


    This is not about Mr. Gayedski or his character. Its not about him being a good heavy equipment operator (http://www.ofm.wa.gov/persdetail/2009/490.pdf), its not about his dedication to his family or his working with the Lions Club delivering Christmas trees to Evergreen Hospital. Its about the Washington state Governor disregarding the provisions of Chapter 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code (U.S. federal law).in ordering the U.S. flag to be flown at half mast in this case.

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