If you see the flags on our public buildings at half staff today, there’s a reason for that. Gov. Jared Polis has ordered flags to be lowered to half staff on all public buildings statewide today to honor the passing of Sgt. Joshua Voth, Summit firefighter Ken Jones and Colorado State Rep. Kimmi Lewis. Voth and Jones were recently killed in the line of duty and Lewis, who since 2016 has represented her community on the eastern plains, died of cancer.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of firefighter Ken Jones, Rep. Lewis and Sgt. Voth. The communities these three individuals served were made better through their tireless efforts and sacrifice, and our thoughts are with their friends and family during this difficult time,” said Senate President Leroy Garcia.

Summit Fire & EMS firefighter Ken Jones was killed Dec. 7, 2019 while fighting a fire at a condo building at Copper Mountain. Jones was a 20-year veteran of Summit Fire & EMS. Jones is survived by his wife, and two children.

Sgt. Joshua Voth was killed in the line of duty in an accident at the Fremont Correctional Facility on Dec. 4. Sgt. Voth, who was with the department since 2016, helped teach offenders valuable trade skills. Voth was a husband and father of three young children.