On nearly 90 percent of days last year, one or more states were flying the American flag at half-staff to memorialize the deaths of military members, public officials, police, first responders, prominent citizens, and victims of mass killings and disasters, The Associated Press found in analyzing information requested from all 50 states and the federal government.
Instances of Ohio ordering the flag flown at half-staff last year on at least some government property:
—Jan. 30: Putnam County Sheriff Michael Chandler, died during his tenure.
—Feb. 6-12: Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins, died during his tenure.
—Feb. 13-20: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, died during his tenure.
—Feb. 23: Former Columbus Mayor Dana G. “Buck” Rinehart.
—March 7-11: Former First Lady Nancy Reagan.
—March 22-26: Lives lost in suicide bombings in Brussels, Belgium.
—April 1: Cincinnati firefighter Daryl Gordon, fell into an elevator shaft and died during fire.
—April 11: Army Capt. Jonathan Wynkoop, died during training.
—April 19: Columbus Police Officer Steven M. Smith, shot while standing in the turret of a SWAT vehicle.
—May 25: Hilliard Police Officer Sean Johnson, killed in a motorcycle crash during training.
—June 25-Jun. 26: Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim, shot on duty.
—Aug. 20: Toledo police dog Falko, German shepherd shot while chasing a murder suspect.
—Dec. 31: Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman, died after falling through a floor during house fire.