UPDATED – Flags will return to full staff at sunset on Monday, May 10 following the internment of Cpl Keith Heacook.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Delaware Governor John Carney Thursday directed that state and US flags fly at half-staff in tribute to Delmar Police Corporal Keith Heacook, who was declared clinically deceased Wednesday after being assaulted in the line of duty.
“On behalf of all Marylanders, I extend my sincerest condolences to the Delmar Police Department, and to the loved ones of Corporal Keith Heacock, a 22-year veteran of the department who died after being assaulted in the line of duty. We owe so much to the brave law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities,” Hogan said.
Senator Tom Carper, D-Del. issued this statement Thursday:
“Martha and I are heartbroken to hear the news that Delmar lost a true public servant with the passing of Cpl. Keith Heacook, who gave his life protecting his community. Our prayers go out to his wife, son, family and fellow officers as we mourn his life and honor his heroic efforts that day.”
Senator Chris Coons, D-Del., issued this statement Thursday:
“Police Cpl. Keith Heacook was deeply dedicated to helping people in his community, and my heart breaks for his family, friends, and fellow law enforcement officers following the tragic news of his death. The Delmar Police Department was fortunate to have a hero and 22-year veteran among its ranks, and Annie and I have Keith’s family in our thoughts and prayers.”
Delaware House of Representatives Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst, D-Bear, and Majority Whip Larry Mitchell, D-Elsmere area:
“Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of Delmar Police officer Cpl. Keith Heacook, who tragically died in the line of duty Wednesday after responding to a call for help earlier this week. This is a devastating loss for our state and a tragic reminder of the danger many law enforcement officers face on a daily basis. We grieve for the family he leaves behind, his colleagues, and the community he served. Through his 22 years of service protecting the public, Corporal Heacook displayed courage, leadership, and selflessness. These characteristics were epitomized through his last act, donating his organs to save others’ lives. We hope and pray for strength and peace to all in the coming days.”