Commonwealth Flags At Half Staff In Tribute To Fallen Officer

HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag to be lowered to half-staff on the Capitol Complex, at state facilities, and throughout the state in honor of a fallen PA State Police trooper. 26-year-old Trooper Michael Stewart and a partner were traveling early today in Westmoreland County when their patrol vehicle and a garbage truck crashed. Authorities say Stewart was killed and the other trooper’s injuries are not considered life-threatening. The crash is under investigation. Stewart is the 98th member of the force to be killed in the line of duty. Gov. Wolf said, “We join all Pennsylvanians in mourning his loss, and send our sincerest sympathies, thoughts, and prayers to his family, friends, and all the women and men of the Pennsylvania State Police.” The Commonwealth flag shall remain lowered until sunset on the date of interment. The U.S. flag will remain at full-staff during this tribute.


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