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Flags lowered to honor fallen Berrien County Chief Bailiff

Posted: 2:47 PM, Jul 14, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-14 14:47:48-04

To honor the fallen chief bailiff who was killed in a courthouse shooting earlier this week , Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered that U.S. and Michigan flags in the state Capitol complex be lowered to half-staff Friday, July 15.

Joseph Zangaro was a retired 1st lieutenant of the Michigan State Police and Chief Bailiff of Berrien County Courthouse. He was killed Monday, July 11, while on duty.

“Chief Bailiff Zangaro dedicated much of his life to protecting and serving Michigan citizens, both as a law enforcement officer for decades and then in the courtroom,” Snyder said. “I send my most heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and community for this tragic loss.”

Zangaro served as chief bailiff for 13 years. A service in his honor will take place 1 p.m. Friday at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center, Main Stage, 2755 E. Napier Ave. Benton Harbor, Mich.

Residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff. When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.