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All US Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Fire LT Traber and Correctional Officer Goodrich

Governor Jay Inslee has issued a directive that all U.S. and Washington are to fly at half-staff Saturday, September 18, 2021, in honor of Spokane County Fire Lieutenant and Paramedic Cody Traber(41) and Stafford Creek Correctional Officer Darryl “Scout” Goodrich, Jr. (49).

Cody Traber

Traber’s Washington State Council of Firefighters Line of Duty Death profile states “Cody was operating at the scene of a reported brush fire when he was fatally wounded.  Cody was an 18-year veteran of Spokane Fire District 9. He also served with Stevens County Fire, Cheney Fire, and the Department of Natural Resources.  Cody leaves behind his wife and four young children.”

A memorial service will take place on September 18th, 1:00 p.m., at Calvary Spokane.

Darryl “Scout” Goodrich, Jr.

Goodrich’s Officer Down Memorial Page entry reads “Correctional Officer Darryl Goodrich died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while working at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center at 191 Constantine Way.

Officer Goodrich served with the Washington State Department of Corrections for one year. He is survived by his wife, three children, and his father.

Beginning in early 2020, due to the requirements of their job, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the United States contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Hundreds of law enforcement officers died from medical complications as a result of contracting the virus while remaining on duty and interacting with the community.”

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 18, 3:00 p.m. at Chehalis, WA.

Inslee’s directive includes the following statement:

“I am deeply saddened by the death of Spokane County Fire Lieutenant and Paramedic Cody
Traber, 41, and direct that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities
be lowered to half-staff in his memory on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Lieutenant Traber
died in the line of duty on Thursday, August 26, 2021.”

“I am deeply saddened by the death of Stafford Creek Correctional Officer Darryl “Scout”
Goodrich, Jr., 49, and direct that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency
facilities be lowered to half-staff in his memory on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Officer
Goodrich died in the line of duty on Friday, August 20, 2021.”

Inslee’s directive further states “I have no objection to agencies lowering the flags at the close of business on Friday, September 17, 2021. Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Saturday,
September 18, 2021, or first thing Monday morning, September 20th.”

Read Governor Inslee’s directive: Lowering of the Washington State and United States Flags 

*As a reminder, when the U.S. flag is flown at half-staff or half-mast, it should first be raised to the top for an instant, then immediately lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. Prior to lowering the flag, it should be raised once more to the peak, then lowered.

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