Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Directs Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Ft. Knox Soldier

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 03, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of First Lieutenant Christopher Neill Rutherford.

According to the Department of Defense, Rutherford, 25, of Newport, Ohio, died July 2 from wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle while he was traveling to Balad from Tikrit, Iraq.

Lt. Rutherford was assigned to the Forward Support Group, 19th Engineer Battalion at Fort Knox.

Flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of Lt. Rutherford’s funeral, which has not yet been determined.

Individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies are encouraged to join in this tribute by lowering flags in honor of Lt. Rutherford.

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