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Flags at half staff for Brevard Deputy Kevin Stanton

Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday ordered flags at half-staff to honor Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Stanton.

Stanton, a nearly 11-year veteran of the department, died while on duty Feb. 17.

“His patrol car was struck by a tractor-trailer on I-95,” according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

“The tractor-trailer suffered a tire blow-out, causing the driver to lose control and swerve into the left lane where Deputy Stanton was driving,” the site said. “Stanton’s patrol car then struck the rear of the semi.”

Scott directed the U.S. and state flags to be flown at half-staff at the Brevard County Courthouse, City Hall, and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office North Precinct, all in Titusville, from sunrise to sunset on Friday.

“We pray that his family, fellow officers and loved ones find comfort in knowing that Deputy Stanton will be remembered as a decorated officer and hero,” Scott said in a statement.

“While we saw firsthand the bravery of our law enforcement officers during and after the tragic shooting in Parkland this week, we must remember that Florida’s law enforcement officers make the incredible decision to put their lives on the line every day to protect families across our state.

“I ask that all Floridians take the time to thank their law enforcement officers for their service and also pause to honor the sacrifice of every fallen officer who lost their lives as they courageously served our state.”

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