Gov. Murphy Orders U.S. and N.J. Flags To Be Flown At Half-Staff In Honor of Principal Derrick Nelson


New Jersey Governor Murphy on Friday signed Executive Order No. 64, ordering U.S. and New Jersey flags to fly at half-staff on Monday, April 15th, to honor the life of Dr. Derrick Nelson, the former principal of Westfield High School. 

“Dr. Derrick Nelson represented the best of our state and our country,” Murphy said.

“He spent over 20 years in the United States Army, including time in the Middle East. He did all of this while serving the children of Plainfield, Orange, and Westfield, as a teacher, an assistant principal, and eventually as a principal,” Murphy said.

Tragically, Dr. Nelson died donating bone marrow to someone in need. We are better for having known him, even for the short amount of time he was with us,” Murphy continued.

“Tammy and I send our condolences to the Nelson family and his loved ones during this difficult time,” he added.

Nelson, a U.S. Army veteran, died last Sunday due to complications from a bone marrow donation surgery in February after being matched to a French teen.

He was 44.


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