Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered all flags in Iowa to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday March 9, 2022, to honor fallen West Memphis Firefighter Jason Lang, a native of North Liberty, Iowa. Lang was killed in the line of duty on February 26, 2022, while responding to a crash in Arkansas.  

“My heart breaks for the family, friends and brothers and sisters in uniform for the tragic passing of Jason Lang, a young, accomplished and dedicated public servant,” said Gov. Reynolds. “While others run from tragedy, Jason followed his passion and calling for helping others and unfortunately paid the ultimate sacrifice. Kevin and I join with Iowans in honoring his selfless sacrifice and legacy in serving others.” 

Jason Connor Lang was 20-years-old and had joined the West Memphis Fire Department in December 2021 and was currently in EMT clinical training at the Arkansas Fire Training Academy. Prior to moving to Arkansas, Lang had served as a volunteer firefighter for the Coralville Volunteer Fire Department and earned the rank of Eagle Scout through his North Liberty Boy Scout Troop.  

Wednesday March 9, 2022 
Ridgewood Cemetery 
North Liberty, Iowa 

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state.        

Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.