Flags Flown At Half-Staff In Honor Of Fallen Officer

- LITTLE ROCK, AR- Governor Mike Beebe has ordered Arkansas flags to be flown at half-staff on Saturday in honor of a fallen law enforcement officer.

The flags will be lowered in tribute to Lafayette County Chief Deputy Pete Richardson of Taylor, who died in the line of duty on March 17.

The full proclamation states:

WHEREAS: Lafayette County Chief Deputy Allen Ray "Pete" Richardson, born in Manteca, California, on Dec. 4, 1963, was a dedicated and courageous Arkansas law enforcement officer, was deeply loved by his family and many friends, and died on March 17, 2014, while serving in the line of duty in Lafayette County; and

WHEREAS: Pete was the beloved son of Virble and the late John W. Richardson, Sr.; the loving husband of Melanie Richardson; the proud father of Chad LaFleur, Lindsey Bell, and Natasha Bailey; the devoted brother of John W. Richardson, Jr. (Diana), Brenda Tinkes, Danny Joe Richardson, and Jackie Kay Fields (Terry); the adoring grandfather of five grandchildren, as well as a caring member of his extended family and a friend to scores of people from across the region; and

WHEREAS: After attending Mineral Springs High School, Pete served as an airman in the United States Air Force, receiving an honorable discharge. He began his career with the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office in 1995 and also served with distinction as the county's criminal investigator. Pete was always the consummate professional and dedicated public servant, proud of the vital role he played in protecting others in his community; and

WHEREAS: He was also a devoted friend to those who served with him; a family man who was actively involved in his community and was running for the office of Sheriff in the upcoming November elections; and

WHEREAS: Chief Deputy Richardson exemplified the finest traits of Arkansas's law-enforcement community: loyalty, bravery and a selfless devotion to duty; and

WHEREAS: All Arkansans owe him a lasting debt of gratitude for his bravery and his heroism and should pay tribute to his faithful service. Citizens of this State extend deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones of Chief Deputy Richardson.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MIKE BEEBE, Governor of the State of Arkansas, by virtue of the authority vested in me by law, in tribute to the memory of Chief Deputy Pete Richardson of Taylor, Arkansas, and as an expression of public sorrow, do hereby direct that the State flag of Arkansas be flown at half-staff on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Arkansas to be affixed this 19th day of March, in the year of our Lord 2014.

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