SALT LAKE CITY -- Gov. Gary Herbert has ordered the U.S and state flags to be lowered today to honor 19 members of the Arizona Granite Mountain Hotshot fire crew who lost their lives fighting wildfires.
"One of Utah's own, Joe Thurston, of Cedar City, perished alongside his crew in the act of protecting the lives of others. May we remember these great men with deep respect and honor," Herbert's statement said.
The flags will be flown at half-staff at all state facilities from sunrise to sunset.