Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, May 6 for the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony. 

This year, two fallen officers will be honored during the ceremony. The Iowa State Patrol’s Sergeant Jim K. Smith and Trooper Ted Benda dedicated their lives to serving Iowans to protect and keep our communities safe.  

In April 2021, Sergeant Jim K. Smith became only the second trooper to be shot and killed in the line of duty while attempting to arrest a subject who had assaulted and disarmed another law enforcement officer during a traffic stop near Grundy Center.  

In October 2021, Trooper Ted Benda passed away from injuries sustained in an auto accident, while in route to assist a local law enforcement agency with the apprehension of a wanted subject in Clayton County.  

“These two officers gave their lives in one of the noblest causes there is – one defined by an unrelenting determination to put others above self. Iowa will remember their service and sacrifice with enduring gratitude,” Gov. Reynolds said. “While our state continues to grieve the loss of such wonderful men – devoted husbands, fathers, and members of their communities – we also take intense pride in the selfless heroism they both displayed in roles.” 

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be at 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.