MEMORANDUM – Flags at Half-Staff for Officer Charles Kondek

MEMORANDUM

TO: Kris Parks, Division of Facilities and Operations Maintenance; Robert Kochen, Police Chief, Tarpon Springs Police Department; David O. Archie, Mayor, Tarpon Springs; Mark S. Woodard, County Administrator, Pinellas County

FROM: Governor Rick Scott

DATE: December 22, 2014

RE: Flags at Half-Staff

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I am deeply saddened by the loss of Officer Charles Kondek of the Tarpon Springs Police Department. Officer Kondek lost his life on Sunday, December 21, 2014, when he was shot and killed in the line of duty.

In honor of Officer Charles Kondek, I hereby direct the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at the County Courthouse of Pinellas County, Florida, the City Hall of Tarpon Springs, Florida, the Tarpon Springs Police Department in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and at the State Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, December 27, 2014.

Yesterday, Governor Rick Scott released the following statement on the death of Officer Charles Kondek:

Governor Scott said, “We are saddened by the death of Officer Charles Kondek who was killed in the line of duty early this morning. Ann and I pray that God provides comfort to his loved ones and all those who have been affected by this terrible tragedy.

“Last month, Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Smith was also killed in the line of duty. Each loss of a law enforcement officer is heartbreaking and losing two heroes in less than a month is a cry for peace and a signal to all Floridians to pray for our men and women in uniform who protect our communities each day.

“As we celebrate the holidays, I hope and pray that Floridians can come together and foster a peace that will prevent future tragedies in our state. Our law enforcement bravely and selflessly risk their lives to protect us and as Governor I am always thinking about how we can thank and strengthen the men and women who wear the uniform and serve our families. Ann and I join all Floridians in honoring our fallen heroes and we will continue to pray that God watch over all of our law enforcement officers and their families.”

Governor Scott plans to attend the funeral of Officer Kondek, as he did with the funeral of Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Smith in November.

 

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