Governor Little orders flags to be flown at half mast for two fallen firefighters


Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little has ordered the flags of the United States and the State of Idaho in Idaho to be flown at half-mast in honor of two pilots killed in a helicopter crash while responding to the Moose Fire near Salmon in Lemhi County.

Additionally, Governor Little released the following statement:

“Our hearts are heavy to learn that we have lost two firefighters, Thomas ‘Tommy’ Hayes of Post Falls and Jared Bird of Anchorage, Alaska, in the line of duty on the Moose Fire near Salmon. The men were experienced pilots, and both served our country in the armed forces. Our brave firefighters face extremely difficult conditions to protect lives, property and the earth. The people of Idaho pray for the loved ones and colleagues of these firefighters as we mourn this tremendous loss. This tragedy will be deeply felt by the families and by the wildland firefighting community,” said Governor Little.

Governor Little ordered the American and Idaho State flags to be flown at half mast immediately until the day after the final memorial service. An additional announcement will be issued by the governor’s office when the day of the last memorial service is known.

Flags flying above the Capitol building in honor of the deceased will be returned to families.

The full text of the Governor’s Flag Directive follows:

Please note that flags are to be lowered immediately beginning Friday, July 22, 2022, at the State Capitol and other state and local government buildings, for the tragic loss of two fire pilots, Thomas Hayes and Jared Bird, who lost their lives in response to the Moose Fire in County Lemhi.

The flags will be at half mast immediately on Friday, July 22, 2022, until the day after the last memorial service, by Idaho area code 67-820.

The Governor’s Office will send an additional notification and update the website at when the date of the last memorial service is identified.

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