Department of Communications and Public Affairs

Published on Friday, May 19, 2017

Mayor requests flags fly at half-staff in honor of firefighter Deem

Contact: Leslie Garza, Director of Communications

Office: (210) 207-8448, Cell: (210) 269-2297,

SAN ANTONIO (May 19, 2017) – Mayor Ivy R. Taylor has issued a letter to Governor Greg Abbott requesting he order flags fly at half-staff in honor of fallen firefighter Scott Deem.

“We are blessed to have an outstanding fire department made up of some of the best and bravest men and women in the country. Unfortunately, last night one of our best did not make it home,” said Mayor Taylor. “We will always be in debt to Mr. Deem and the sacrifice he and his family have made. Asking the flags be flown at half-staff is just one way we as a city can pay tribute to his service.” 

Flags will remain at half-staff until interment.

“This morning, members of the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association shared with me a lot about who Scott Deem was and what he meant to the men and women he served beside,” said Mayor Taylor. “He was a family man, a husband, a father, and a firefighter. He was a good friend to everyone who knew him and was an asset to the San Antonio Fire Department in every sense of the word.”

Deem was one of the first firefighters who responded to a 4-alarm blaze around 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 18 at a strip mall on the 6700 block of Ingram Road. He did not make it out. Two other firefighters were injured and remain hospitalized.

“I was at the emergency room last night and was reminded not just about the bravery and strength of the men and women in uniform, but also of their loved ones who pray something like this never happens,” said Mayor Taylor. 

San Antonians who wish to leave flowers or other items in memory of Mr. Deem can do so at the Public Safety Headquarters, 315 S. Santa Rosa Ave., 78207.

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