Flags ordered lowered for firefighter, trooper


September 22nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered flags flown at half-staff Friday to honor a volunteer firefighter and state trooper who died in separate accidents this week.

Firefighter Michael Collins of Shelby was struck by a vehicle and killed while directing traffic Sunday around a car accident on Interstate 80 in western Iowa. Trooper Mark Toney was killed when his patrol vehicle crashed while on patrol near Indianola on Tuesday. Collins’ funeral is scheduled for Friday. Toney’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday. Flags flown at all state buildings and facilities across the state will be flown at half-staff from Friday until Monday. Individuals, businesses, schools, cities and counties are encouraged to also lower their flags to half-staff during that time.