Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert ordered the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah on the day of Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron Beesley's funeral, Saturday, July 7, 2012. The Governor issued the following statement:
I am deeply grieved to hear of Trooper Aaron Beesley's tragic passing. Aaron's dedication and bravery as a member of the Utah Highway Patrol, serving as a tactical flight officer, is significantly appreciated.
Our public safety, medical and fire helicopter flight officers are among the best in the nation. They navigate the treacherous winds and high altitudes of Utah's diverse mountain country, search our deepest canyons and suppress our massive wildfires. Their contribution to emergency response requires the most technical skill - and is often the most dangerous.
I have authorized the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah on Saturday, July 7, 2012, in honor and memory of Trooper Beesley. The flags shall be flown at half-staff on all state facilities from sunrise to sunset only on Saturday, July 7, 2012.
Jeanette and I extend our thoughts and prayers to Aaron's family, friends, and fellow service-members at this time of grief. To all who knew and loved Aaron: we mourn with you. In every manner of his life, Aaron demonstrated the principles of fortitude and selflessness that make me proud to be a Utahn.
May his loved ones find comfort, strength, and peace in their memories of Aaron. We send our deepest sympathies as well as our greatest appreciation to those who supported and loved a man of such unfailing character.