February 14-15, 2023 - Half Staff Alert - Oregon

Posted by Half-Staff Alerts Staff on Feb 14, 2023

February 14-15, 2023 - Half Staff Alert - Oregon

Governor Tina Kotek today ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff until sunset February 15 to honor Gresham Firefighter Brandon Norbury, who died after suffering cardiac arrest while on duty.

Brandon Norbury dedicated his life to the service of others. After graduating high school, Norbury joined the U.S. Navy, ultimately becoming a member of the elite Navy SEAL Team 2. During his military service, Brandon received his Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic certification and was honorably discharged in 2000 after 10 years of service to his country.

In 2001, Norbury graduated from the Police Academy in Monmouth and joined the Gresham Police Department. During his seven years with the department, Norbury served as a Patrol Officer, Firearms and Taser Instructor, Department Armorer, and a member and instructor for the Police Department’s Tactical team.

Norbury joined the Gresham Fire Department in 2008 and fearlessly served as a Gresham Firefighter and Paramedic for nearly 15 years, spending most of his time at Station 31 and Station 76.

“I am grateful to Brandon Norbury for his lifelong service and dedication to his community and country,” Governor Tina Kotek said. “My thoughts are with Brandon’s family, loved ones, and colleagues in this moment of great loss.”