Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Directs Flags to Remain at Half-Staff in Honor of Kentucky Soldier

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 19, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has directed that flags at all state office buildings remain at half-staff in honor of Staff Sgt. Garth D. Sizemore.

According to the Department of Defense, Sizemore, 31, of Mount Sterling, died October 17 in Baghdad, Iraq, from injuries suffered when his patrol came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire during combat operations.  Sizemore was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, at Schweinfurt, Germany.

Flags are currently at half-staff in memory of social service worker Boni Frederick, of Morganfield, who died October 16 in the line of duty.  Frederick’s funeral will be held Friday in Dixon.

Flags will remain at half-staff throughout the state until sunset on the day of Sizemore’s funeral.  Arrangements have not yet been determined.