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Gov. Abbott orders flags in Fritch to half-staff to honor fire chief who died in the line of duty

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered flags in the Panhandle town of Fritch to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Fritch Fire Chief Zeb Smith. According to a letter sent to Fritch Mayor Tom Ray, Abbott’s office said Smith died in the line of duty “while responding to a structure fire.” “The first lady and I extend prayers of comfort for the Smith family during their time of grief,” said Abbott. “We urge all Texans to remember and honor Chief Smith’s service as a brave and dedicated firefighter.” Smith’s obituary said he was “a true hero” who died “serving his fellow man.” Smith, 40, will be remembered in a memorial service on Saturday at Grace Church in Fritch. Smith began firefighting in 2016 and began volunteering for the Fritch Volunteer Fire Department in 2017. He was named chief in 2020. He is survived by his two sons, Zane and Braylan. The governor’s order covers the flags of Texas and the United States. Individuals, businesses and government facilities in the surrounding area are also allowed to fly their flags at half-staff in Smith’s honor, the governor’s letter said. Flags should return to full staff within 10 days. Courtesy of Texas…

Unanswered questions remain after Dallas woman with loss of memory found in Mexico

A Dallas woman is back in the U.S. with her family days after she was found driving in a small town in rural Mexico with no knowledge of how she got there. Enola Harris, 76, told police in Muzquiz, Mexico, that she had left her home in Dallas two days earlier – somehow ending up nearly 10 hours away and crossing the border into the Mexican state of Coahuila. “It is so strange,” said Tania Flores, mayor of the town of Muzquiz. After driving Harris back across the border into Texas on Sunday, the small-town mayor in Mexico told NBC 5 she still had questions about how this situation happened. “An old lady, 76 years old, that has amnesia, she ended up in a small little town in Mexico two days after,” Flores said. “She didn’t have clothes, and like how, how?” It all started just after midnight on Saturday morning in the rural town of Muzquiz, Coah., located about an hour and a half southwest of the U.S.-Mexico border. Police saw Harris with Texas plates driving the wrong way through downtown. “And they pull her over, and they realize that she did not have a clue where she was,” Flores…

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