Knowles orders state flags lowered to honor fallen officers

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has ordered state flags lowered on Wednesday in memory of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

Knowles said the tribute is part of a national effort that began in 1994, with the creation of a law requiring the American flag to be lowered to half-staff on May 15 to mark Peace Officers Memorial Day.

In the past year, three officers were killed on the job in Alaska.

Fish and Wildlife Protection Trooper James Moen died June 25 when his Piper Cub crashed during a fishery patrol southwest of Lake Iliamna.

Anchorage Police Officer Justin Wollam died July 9 when his patrol car was rammed head-on by suspected drunk driver Robert Esper, 19, who also died along with two passengers.

Trooper Hans Roelle was shot to death Nov. 24 by a 24-year-old domestic violence suspect in a Wasilla trailer park. Ryan Andrews then killed his own 1- and 3-year-old children before turning the gun on himself.

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