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Gov. Mike Beebe has ordered flags to fly at half-staff Saturday to honor Jake Harrell, the Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot who died when his plane crashed while he searched for wildfires.

Harrell's plane went down Jan. 31, but the crash site in a remote part of the Ouachita National Forest in Montgomery County wasn't found until Tuesday. Poor weather complicated the intensive, 12-day search through a large expanse of rugged terrain.

Funeral services for Harrell, who was also a North Little Rock police officer, are set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Assembly of God Church in North Little Rock, 4501 Burrow Road. A visitation at the same location is set from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

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  • jgbear
    February 14, 2014 at 12:37 p.m.

    Prayers go out to the family, friends & co-workers.

  • HawgFan
    February 14, 2014 at 1:05 p.m.

    My prayers go out for the Harrell family, but I'm not sure why the flags are flying at half mast? Because he worked for the State? What about the Highway Department workers that are killed out on the roadways doing their jobs? The flags don't fly at half mast for those souls.