SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Savannah’s mayor has directed flags on all city properties to fly at half-staff in honor of Sgt. Kelvin Ansari.
Flags will remain at half-staff from Wednesday, May 15, Peace Officers Memorial Day, through Saturday, May 18, the day of Ansari’s interment, as ordered by Mayor Eddie DeLoach.
In addition, Gov. Brian Kemp has directed the United States flag and State of Georgia flag to be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and in Chatham County until sunset on the day of his interment.
Ansari, a longtime Savannah Police officer, was killed in the line of duty on Saturday responding to a robbery investigation.
The 50-year-old joined the Savannah Police Department (SPD) in 2008 and served various roles. Prior to joining the force, he served 21 years in the U.S. Army.
Ansari is survived by his wife, Charlotte, and four children.
Peace Officers Memorial Day began in 1962 and is held during National Police Week. A memorial service is held in Washington, DC to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
SPD has delayed their annual memorial service until Friday, May 24 to accommodate the families of fallen Savannah officers.