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Gov. Corbett orders flags lowered to half-staff in honor of fallen soldier

Posted by: Lauren McLane

HARRISBURG -- Governor Tom Corbett today ordered all United States and Pennsylvania flags in the Capitol Complex and at commonwealth facilities in Northumberland County to fly at half-staff on Saturday, Oct. 5, to honor U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Thomas A. Baysore Jr.

Baysore, 31, of Milton, died Sept. 26 in Paktya Province, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, in Fort Campbell, Ky.

Baysore joined the Army in 2001, earning numerous medals during his years of service. His deployment to Afghanistan was his fourth, having also served in Iraq in 2003. 

Flags shall remain at half-staff for Baysore until sunset on Saturday, the day of his memorial service in Milton, Northumberland County.

Corbett also ordered all United States and Pennsylvania flags in the Capitol Complex and at commonwealth facilities across the state to fly at half-staff on Sunday, Oct. 6, in tribute to fallen firefighters.

Corbett's announcement came on the heels of President Barack Obama ordering the American flag to be flown at half-staff on the first Sunday in October in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. 

The week of Oct. 6 through Oct. 12 has been proclaimed as National Fire Prevention Week, honoring the courageous first responders who put their lives at risk every day to protect others.

It also serves as a reminder to everyone to take meaningful steps to reduce the risk of fire wherever possible.

The United States and Pennsylvania flags should be flown at full-staff on Monday.

All Pennsylvanians are invited to join in both tributes.
 
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