U.S. Honor Flag ceremony held in memory of trooper

U.S. Honor Flag ceremony held in memory of trooper who died during ice storm

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Trooper Michael Slagle (Source: THP) Trooper Michael Slagle (Source: THP)
In Slagle's memory the United States Honor Flag was flown in. In Slagle's memory the United States Honor Flag was flown in.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A special ceremony took place Monday to honor the trooper who died on duty during an ice storm.

Trooper Michael Slagle's car slid off an icy road near the intersection of Longmire Road and Emory Road Friday morning. 

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Slagle called for a wrecker to help pull him out. His wife went to check on him and discovered him unconscious in his vehicle. 

Then, a responding fire truck lost control in the same spot landing on part of Slagle's cruiser.  THP says Slagle suffered a heart attack prior to the accident. 

In Slagle's memory the United States Honor Flag was flown in and will be displayed during his funeral. Law enforcement officials will form an honor line for fallen trooper Michael Slagle.

Lt. Jessie Brooks has been colleagues and friends with Slagle for 30 years.

"He was a true friend to anybody who knew him. If you knew him 25 or 30 years like I have or 25 or 30 minutes, you'd leave with the impression that he was your friend and it would not be a false impression," said THP Lt. Brooks.

Lt. Brooks says Slagle was dedicated to his job, giving the state of Tennessee 100 percent every time he was at work. 

When asked how Slagle would be remembered, it was hard for Brooks to find the words. He teared up and said his wife has never seen him cry.

In honor of trooper Slagle's 27 years of service with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the United States Honor Flag was flown in. Water cannons welcomed the flag's arrival. 

After 9-11 the United States Honor Flag was flown at Ground Zero.  Since then the honor flag has paid tribute to our nation's heroes, those who our committed to serving our community and those who have lost their lives in the line of duty protecting our lives, homes and country. 

Lt. Brooks says the ceremony is a show of recognition that Slagle deserves.

"The way the troopers feel, it will be the last thing that we ever get to do for Mike Slagle and he'll always be in our hearts. The world is better off with a Mike Slagle then they were without one," said Lt. Brooks.

The United States Honor Flag will be on display during Trooper Slagle's funeral. Then the flag will be flown to another state to honor another one of our nation's heroes. 

Masonic services for Slagle will be held by Corryton Masonic Lodge in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home by Mike Lett at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Funeral services will follow after the Masonic service with Rev. Denny Ford officiating.

Family and friends will meet at Berry Funeral Home at 12:00 noon Wednesday, Jan. 30, and proceed to Woodlawn Cemetery for a 1:00 p.m. graveside service.

The family will receive friends from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home on Chapman Highway.

Condolences may be offered at the funeral home's website.

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