Nara Visa Firefighter John Cammack succumbed to his injuries after trying to escape a wildfire. Courtesy/Nara Visa Fire Department
SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in honor and mourning of Nara Visa firefighter John Cammack.
Cammack, 76, died from wounds inflicted while fighting the Griffith Fire, which threatened his community.
The full text of the executive order is below:
EXECUTIVE ORDER 2017-013
FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR AND MOURNING OF NARA VISA FIREFIGHTER JOHN CAMMACK
WHEREAS, Nara Visa volunteer firefighter John Cammack tragically died from wounds inflicted while fighting the Griffith Fire, which threatened his community;
WHEREAS, John Cammack’s love of nature was exemplified by his career as a veterinarian;
WHEREAS, John Cammack understood the importance of fighting fires and how devastating they can be to our state;
WHEREAS, John Cammack served as a volunteer firefighter for nearly 30 years, distinguishing himself as a capable, effective and dedicated public servant;
WHEREAS, if the Griffith Fire had not been fought by John Cammack and his fellow firefighters, the town of Nara Visa could have been put in jeopardy;
WHEREAS, John Cammack will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and fellow firefighters;
WHEREAS, John is survived by his brother, Jay Cammack, and several nieces and nephews;
WHEREAS, this tragic loss is a solemn reminder of the risks firefighters take every single day to protect our communities;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Susana Martinez, Governor of the State of New Mexico, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the constitution and laws of the state of New Mexico, do hereby order that all flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, the day of John Cammack’s funeral services. The hearts of the people of New Mexico go out to his family and fellow firefighters in memory of his service and sacrifice.
SIGNED AT THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE THIS 26TH DAY OF JUNE, 2017
WITNESS MY HAND AND THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO
MAGGIE TOULOUSE OLIVER
SECRETARY OF STATE