FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2012
Contact: Scott Darnell
GOVERNOR SUSANA MARTINEZ ORDERS FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF MOTOR TRANSPORTATION DIVISION POLICE OFFICER ROBERT POTTER
SANTA FE – Governor Susana Martinez signed an executive order today to fly flags at half-staff across New Mexico from sunrise until sundown tomorrow, August 24, in honor of Motor Transportation Police Officer Robert Potter, who died in the line of duty on August 16, 2012. On August 15, Officer Potter responded to a major commercial motor vehicle wreck and performed life-saving actions at the scene of the accident. Shortly after, and while still at the scene, he suffered a massive heart attack. Potter, of Alamogordo, is survived by his wife JoAnne and his stepson Matthew Duke. He was 41 at the time of his passing.
“Officer Potter is a true hero who answered the call of duty and saved lives even as he risked his own,” said Governor Martinez. “We are all grateful for his actions and his commitment to keeping New Mexicans safe. I hope that all New Mexicans will keep Officer Potter’s family in their prayers as we recognize his service by flying flags at half-staff across the state.”
Full text of the governor’s executive order is below.
EXECUTIVE ORDER 2012-034
FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF STAFF IN HONOR AND MOURNING OF
NEW MEXICO MOTOR TRANSPORTATION POLICE OFFICER ROBERT ALAN POTTER
WHEREAS, Officer Robert Alan Potter died in the line of duty on August 16th, 2012; and
WHEREAS, Officer Potter was undertaking lifesaving actions while responding to a major commercial motor vehicle accident when he passed away; and
WHEREAS, Officer Potter grew up in Alamogordo, NM, and proudly served in the United States Marine Corp and the U.S. Army; and
WHEREAS, Officer Potter has been with the New Mexico Motor Transportation Division for seven years and was a dedicated member of New Mexico’s K-9 team; and
WHEREAS, Officer Potter is survived by his wife, Joanne and stepson, Matthew Duke;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Susana Martinez, Governor of the State of New Mexico, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the Laws of the State of New Mexico, do hereby order that all flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise on Friday August 24, 2012, to sundown on Friday August 24, 2012, in honor and mourning of New Mexico Motor Transportation Police Officer Robert Alan Potter. The thoughts and prayers of the people of New Mexico go out to his family as well as a heartfelt thank you for his courageous service.
SIGNED AT THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE THIS 23RD DAY OF AUGUST 2012.
WITNESS MY HAND AND THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO.
DIANNA J. DURAN
SECRETARY OF STATE