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MO Gov. Nixon orders flags lowered statewide to honor firefighters

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) -

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has ordered flags to be lowered to honor Larry Leggio and John Mesh, two Kansas City Fire Department firefighters killed in the line of duty on Monday.

The order includes flags at every fire station in the state of Missouri, and at the Fire Fighters Memorial, located in Kingdom City, Mo.

Gov. Nixon has also ordered flags in government buildings in Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties to be flown at half staff.

 “All Missourians mourn the tragic loss of these brave heroes who gave their lives to save the lives of others,” Gov. Nixon said.  “This tragedy is a stark reminder of the difficult and dangerous circumstances that firefighters face each and every day to save lives and protect our communities.  When they see the lowered flags, I ask that Missourians pause to honor the ultimate sacrifice made by Larry Leggio and John Mesh and reflect on the dedication of firefighters across our state.  Firefighters put themselves in harm’s way for us. Today, and every day, we must stand with them.”

The flags will remain at half-staff through the dates of the funerals for both firefighters.

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