Flags in Laclede County and across the state are at half-mast today, in honor of a Lebanon Officer who died due to complications with COVID 19.

Officer Kendle Blackburn contracted the virus while actively serving as a cop.

He died on December 28th.

His body is being laid to rest at Mt. Rose Memorial Park this weekend.

For those wishing to line the funeral procession route for Officer Kendle Blackburn, please be in place before noon, Saturday as roads are expected to close at noon.

The procession will begin at Shadel’s Colonial Chapel, proceed from Lynn to Hwy. YY; Hwy.  YY to Clark Street; Clark to Washington; Washington to Jefferson and then to Mount Rose Memorial Park.

Available locations for parking and participating include Esther Elementary, the Laclede County Sheriffs Office and Lifepoint Church.

Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Exit 129 on Interstate 44 will close from noon to 1 p.m.

 

Governor Parson Orders Flags to Half-Staff in in Honor of Lebanon Police Officer Kendle G. Blackburn

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) –Today, Governor Mike Parson ordered U.S. and Missouri flags be flown at half-staff at government buildings in Laclede County on Saturday, January 2, 2021, in honor of Lebanon Police Department Officer Kendle G. Blackburn.

On December 28, Officer Blackburn died as a result of COVID-19 that he contracted in November while serving in his capacity as a law enforcement officer.

“My years in law enforcement taught me that those who wear the badge are often called to the profession because of their desire to protect others and improve their communities,” Governor Mike Parson said. “Officer Kendle Blackburn was that kind of police officer. Known as the friendliest police officer in Lebanon, he was one who loved people. May his legacy serve as a model for other officers, and may we all be inspired by the support the community has shown for Officer Blackburn’s family and fellow officers during this difficult time.”

The flags will be held at half-staff on the day Officer Blackburn is laid to rest. To view the proclamation, click here.

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