Flags Lowered For National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

City honors fallen Okanogan Assistant Fire Chief

Marlene Feist, 509.625.6505

Friday, October 4, 2019 at 3:07 p.m.

Spokane Mayor David Condon has directed that all flags at City facilities be lowered to half-staff for the 38th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service which will honor the 92 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2018. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation was created by Congress to lead a nationwide effort to remember America’s fallen firefighters.

“This year’s memorial service is particularly crushing after the death of Okanogan Assistant Fire Chief Christian Johnson,” said Mayor Condon. “We have decided to extend this honor and flags at our facilities will remain at half-staff through Wednesday, Oct. 9.”

In early September, Johnson suffered severe burns while battling the Spring Coulee Fire. He succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday.

Flags will remain lowered until sundown on Oct. 9. Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.