Governor Rick Scott today issued the below statement regarding the death of Navy Lt. James Mazzuchelli following a helicopter-related incident at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base last week. Governor Scott will honor the memory and sacrifice of Lt. Mazzuchelli, who was originally from Orange Park, by ordering the lowering of flags. The details on the lowering of flags will be announced in the coming days.
Governor Scott said, “Ann and I are saddened to hear of the death of Floridian and U.S. Navy Lt. James Mazzuchelli. As a flight surgeon, Lt. Mazzuchelli courageously served our country alongside his fellow Navy sailors and our U.S. Marine Corps, and his legacy will long be honored and remembered by his loved ones and by the State of Florida. Our service men and women, both at home and across the globe, face danger every day in order to protect our freedom. As a Navy veteran myself, I urge all Floridians to take this opportunity to thank the military members in their communities as we continue to pray for Lt. Mazzuchelli’s family during this difficult time.”