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Ottumwa Businesses Fly Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Slain Officers

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By Jefferson Tyler, Multimedia Journalist

OTTUMWA, IA (KYOU) – Across Iowa people are mourning the loss of the two officers killed in the line of duty. As you drive around, you may see many flags at half-staff commemorating the officers who were lost. But many are wondering, why some law enforcement centers and public offices are not flying their flags at half-staff. According to the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office, the Governor decides when to lower the flags. And policy says flags are only to be lowered on the day the officers are laid to rest.

“Over the last several months there has been an outpouring of support from the community that have approached officers and thanked them for their service to the community. And we really appreciate that,” said Ottumwa Police Department Lt. Jason Bell.

It’s not known at this time, when the services will be held for Urbandale officer Justin Martin and Des Moines officer Anthony Bemino.

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