Oak Grove Fire Chief Randy Pogue was responding to a motor vehicle accident on Feb. 2 when his department pickup hit a patch of ice and crashed. At the time of the accident, Pogue was conscious, however, he went into Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome once at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Pogue had been in a medically induced coma since the day of the accident.
On Thursday, Governor Beebe ordered Arkansas flags to be flown at half-staff on February 28, 2014. The proclamation read, in part:
"A dedicated and courageous firefighter, Oak Grove Fire Chief Randall “Randy” Ray Pogue, born in Fayetteville, Tennessee, on March 10, 1964, was deeply loved by his family and many friends, and tragically died on February 19th from injuries sustained in the line of duty while responding to an emergency call on February 2nd...
"NOW, THEREFORE, I, MIKE BEEBE, Governor of the State of Arkansas, by virtue of the authority vested in me by law, in tribute to the memory of Randy Pogue and as an expression of public sorrow, do hereby direct that State flag of Arkansas be flown at half-staff on Friday, February 28, 2014."
Read the full proclamation.