Gov. Herbert statement on the death of Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 16, 2017) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued the following statement on the death of Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler and injuries of eleven members of the Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group:

Jeanette and I were heartbroken to hear of the passing of one of Utah’s best, Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler. Tonight, we join all Utahns in grieving for him, and honoring his sacrifice – the ultimate sacrifice. Our hearts ache for his family, friends and loved ones, and they will long be on our minds and in our prayers.

We pray also for the 11 members of his group who were injured in the explosion. May their healing come swiftly, and may they find comfort and strength through the coming weeks and months as they work toward recovery.

It truly isn’t possible to offer adequate thanks to those who put their lives on the line day after day in the defense of freedom around the world. May God’s greatest blessings graciously fall upon those brave men and women who are dedicated to the service of their fellowmen.

Gov. Herbert will order the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the state of Utah on the day of Butler’s funeral. The National Guard release can be found here.