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Flags at half-staff for Phx firefighter found dead while on Nat'l Guard duty

A Phoenix firefighter who was found dead on Friday in his quarters at an Arizona Army National Guard base is being honored with flags across the state flown at half-staff on Monday.

Cpt. Juston Doherty died while on a weekend drill with the Guard, and Gov. Doug Ducey ordered the lowering of flags from sunrise to sunset in his memory.

The 45-year-old was a 15-year veteran with the Phoenix Fire Department, and had received that agency's Medal of Valor for saving children trapped in a burning building. He was also the recipient of the Bronze Star during his military service.

From the Arizona Department of Administration:

Capt. Juston Doherty was a Train Assess and Counsel (TAC) Officer at the 215th Regional Institute where he developed officer candidates into commissioned officers. He entered military service in 1996 and was commissioned as an infantry officer in the Arizona National Guard in 2008. He served two combat tours, one in Iraq in 2003, and one in Afghanistan in 2013. He completed airborne school in 2009 and Ranger school in 2010. 

Doherty died of "apparent natural causes," according to a Facebook post by the Bushmaster Association, a nonprofit support group for the soldiers and families of the 158th Infantry Regiment of the AANG.

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