Why Were Flags at Half Staff This Week in Great Falls?

As I teed up my ball for an afternoon of golf, the large flag that had just been installed at the course was waving proudly above my head.  But I also noticed that it was only at half-staff for the day.


Turning to the group I was with, I asked if anyone knew why.  Pretty much blank faces across the group.  After the round and upon arriving home, I once again hit the interwebs.

It Wasn't Because of the Wind in Great Falls This Time

In this case, it is a celebration and remembrance both.  This week across America and Montana we celebrate, honor and remember our law enforcement officers with National Police Week.


Established in 1962 by an act of Congress, President John F. Kennedy also proclaimed that May 15th would be National Peace Officers Memorial Day.  That act includes having flags flown at half-staff for that day.

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Honoring Those Who Have Fallen in the Line of Duty in Great Falls

The Great Falls Police Department started in 1888 with just two officers when the town was incorporated.  Chief of Police Patrick Sweeney and Policeman John Hurly would soon be joined by 10 more officers in the next year.

Today in Great Falls, according to the GFPD, that has grown to 92 police officers, 21 emergency dispatchers, and 23 other civilian employees.  In the 136 years since it was first established, the department has lost 5 officers in the line of duty.

Those officers are:

  • Shane Chadwick - End of Watch September 1994
  • Segval Semingsen - End of Watch November 1935
  • Frank H. Connolly - End of Watch August 1920
  • Luke Curry - End of Watch November 1898
  • Comodore Downing - End of Watch November 1895

Flag Dedication and Raising Ceremony May 2024 Great Falls, MT

If you have ever wondered how a flag dedication ceremony for a new installation of pole and flag works, we have you covered. Check out how the event unfolds in the following gallery.

Gallery Credit: JD Knight

Great Falls/Cascade County Crimestoppers Most Wanted May 2024

These individuals are of high priority for the Great Falls/Cascade County Crimestoppers unit. If you have details on anyone included in this gallery, please call $06-727-TIPS or your local law enforcement agency.

Gallery Credit: JD Knight

10 "Secret" Places That You Shouldn't Hide Your Cash at Home

If you choose to be all about the Benjamin's, these are the 10 places according to Finance Buzz that you shouldn't be hiding Ben and any of his friends in your home.

Gallery Credit: JD Knight

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