Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset today, Jan. 24, to honor First Officer Paul Hudson. A resident of Buckeye, Hudson was killed Wednesday in a plane crash while battling wildfires in New South Wales, Australia. 
 
“First Officer Paul Hudson was a hero who represented Arizona’s very best,” said Ducey in a news release. “A graduate of the Naval Academy, First Officer Hudson served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps before becoming a firefighter. Then, when duty called again, First Officer Hudson didn’t hesitate, putting his life on the line to help others battling wildfires in Australia. My sincere condolences go out to First Officer Hudson’s family and loved ones. And our prayers are with them and all Arizona’s firefighters providing aid in Australia.  
 
The governor's office is inviting Arizona residents and businesses to join state government buildings in honoring Hudson by lowering all U.S. flags to half staff.
 
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