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Flags at half-staff for fallen fire chief

By Katie Doherty

This article was published February 28, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Gov. Mike Beebe has declared that flags be flown at half-staff Friday in honor of Oak Grove Fire Chief Randall Pogue, who died this month from injuries suffered in the line of duty.

Pogue, 49, of North Little Rock was injured Feb. 2 while responding to an emergency call and died Feb. 19, according to Beebe's declaration and Pogue's obituary. Pogue began as a volunteer firefighter at age 17 and served the past 12 years as Oak Grove's fire chief, Beebe said. The Oak Grove Fire Department is a volunteer company in Pulaski County.

"As a veteran firefighter, Chief Pogue was dedicated and passionate about his work, helping to train others, and serving as an example to his fellow firefighters," Beebe's declaration states. "Always the consummate professional and a dedicated public servant, Randy was proud of the vital role he played in protecting others through his work in providing for the safety of all of our citizens."

Pogue served nine years as an Air Force fireman; worked with the Arkansas Forestry Commission and Arkansas State Police; and belonged to the Pulaski County Fire Association, the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the International Association of Firefighters, Beebe added.

Pogue's funeral services are set for 2:30 p.m. Friday.

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