Flags in Laclede County will soon be flying at half staff.

Governor Mike Parson is recognizing the loss of Lebanon police officer Kendle Blackburn, who died because of complications related to COVID-19.

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

He died on December 28th.

Missouri and American flags will fly at half-staff on Saturday, which is the day Blackburn will be laid to rest at Mt. Rose Memorial Park.

Two services for Blackburn will be held at Shadel’s Colonial Chapel Thursday and Friday from 12PM to 5PM.

 

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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