Flags at half-staff to honor North Carolina fire captain

Published 6:22 pm Monday, April 1, 2024

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It was announced around 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2024 that Governor Roy Cooper ordered all U.S. and North Carolina flags at state facilities to half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on Tuesday, April 2 in honor of Lexington Fire Captain Ronnie Metcalf, who died on Friday, March 30 from injuries sustained while responding to a house fire earlier in the week.

A veteran firefighter, Metcalf served with the Lexington Fire Department for 19 years, stated the North Carolina Department of Administration advisory announcing the order.

“I was saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Lexington Fire Captain Ronnie Metcalf. He served the Lexington community with honor and distinction for many years and my prayers and gratitude for his life are with his friends and loved ones at this time.”

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The advisory noted that individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are also encouraged to fly flags at half-staff for the duration of time indicated.

North Carolina flag announcements are issued in accordance to regulations outlined in the U.S. Flag Code. To learn more, read the NC State Government Flag Guide.