Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the flag of the United States and the flag of Missouri be flown at half-staff at all government buildings statewide for one full day on June 8, 2011, from sunrise to sunset, in honor of Master Patrolman Jefferson "Jeff" Taylor, who served as a police officer for the Riverside Police Department.
On May 23, 2011, Master Patrolman Taylor went to Joplin with a 12-member contingent of police officers, firefighters and public works staff members from the City of Riverside who responded to the Joplin tornado disaster. On June 3, 2011, Master Patrolman Taylor, age 31, died from injuries sustained when he was struck by lightning on May 23, while on duty serving the citizens of Joplin. Master Patrolman Taylor began his career in law enforcement in 2001 with the Webb City Police Department. He graduated from the Missouri Southern Law Enforcement Academy in May 2001.
Under Gov. Nixon's order, U.S. and Missouri flags statewide will fly at half-staff for one full day on June 8, 2011, from sunrise to sunset.