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Governor Walz Orders Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Officer Lee Michael Hackbarth

3/24/2022 5:17:01 PM

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz has ordered all United States and Minnesota flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset on Friday, March 25, 2022, in honor and remembrance of Officer Lee Michael Hackbarth.

“Officer Hackbarth was a dedicated Corrections Officer who was respected by his family, friends, and colleagues,” reads the proclamation issued by Governor Walz. “With its deepest gratitude, the State of Minnesota recognizes Officer Hackbarth for his dedicated service to, and sacrifice for, his fellow Minnesotans, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and community.”

Officer Hackbarth died on December 10, 2021, due to an illness obtained during line of duty service. Officer Hackbarth dedicated twenty years of service to the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Red Wing as a Corrections Officer with the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Officer Hackbarth is survived by his wife, Edith.

At the direction of the Governor, Minnesota flies its flags at half-staff following the death of Minnesota first responders fallen in the line of duty. Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are also encouraged to join in lowering their flags.

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