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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff Thursday for Deputy Who Died During Flash Floods

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Governor Mike Parson has ordered flags to fly at half-staff at all government buildings in Missouri Thursday in honor of Aaron Roberts.  The Greene County deputy died Friday night during flash flooding.  He had just cleared a 911 call when his patrol car was swept off a low water bridge north of Fair Grove.

“Deputy Sheriff Aaron P. Roberts exemplified the finest traditions of our Missouri law enforcement officers,” Governor Parson said. “He was one of the brave few committed to selflessly sacrificing to protect and serve others, despite the risks," Parson said.  "His dedication made his community safer and set an example for others. We are grateful for his contributions to Missouri, and join his family, friends and colleagues in mourning his loss.” 

Roberts will be laid to rest Thursday in Greenlawn Memorial Garden North following a public visitation and a funeral service in north Springfield. 

Meanwhile, money is being raised online for Roberts’s family.  A Go Fund Me account is at $23,723 of a $25,000 goal.