Media Contact: Nicole Burton
FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 3, 2018) – Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed that U.S. and state flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise on Wednesday, April 4 until sunset on Thursday, April 5 as a mark of respect for fallen Hopkinsville Police Department Officer Phillip Meacham.
“There is no greater sacrifice than that of a person willing to lay down their life for another,” said Gov. Bevin. “We are grateful for the ‘Thin Blue Line,’ and urge Kentuckians to join us in honoring the life of Officer Meacham.”
Officer Meacham was killed while off-duty Thursday evening in Hopkinsville after being pulled over by a man impersonating a police officer. He leaves behind a wife and nine-year-old daughter.
Gov. Bevin encourages all Kentuckians, businesses, organizations, and government agencies to join this show of support for Officer Meacham’s family and the community of Hopkinsville.
KRS 2.041 grants the Governor authority to issue a proclamation calling upon state officials to display U.S. flags at half-staff on all buildings, for not less than one day, in the event of the death of Kentucky emergency response personnel in the line of duty.
Flag status information is available at http://governor.ky.gov/flag-status/.