Army recruiters store flag that fell in the storm
Soldiers come to the rescue as a flagpole collapses in high winds in Michigan.
Two Army recruiters in Michigan jumped into action to rescue a fallen American flag, after the storm tore through the area recently.
Their patriotic act outside of the Top Gun Shooting Sports in Taylor was caught on surveillance video and has since gone viral.
Staff Sgt. Eric Barkhorn, and Staff Sgt. Jared Ferguson attend a “Patriot Week” recruiting event at the gun shop during a heavy storm in the city, with rain, high winds, and hail.
The metal flagpole outside was taken down and the two veterans immediately sprang into action, running outside and picking the American flag up from the ground.
“I kept thinking to myself: ‘I’m not going to leave the flag on the ground,” Staff Sgt. Eric Barkhorn called out on “Fox and Friends” on Friday morning. “The flag means everything to me. It is everything we stand for, everything we fight for.”
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Ferguson, a former infantryman for the 1st Infantry Division, quickly joined Barkhorn outside and helped him pull the flag out of the ground and detach it from the pole. The two then folded the flag.
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“We wear the flag on our shoulders every time we are in uniform,” Ferguson said. “It is certainly very important [to me].”
The duo said that they do not know that they are being filmed as they rushed to grab the flag and they said they would do it again in a heartbeat.
Mike Barbour, owner of Top Gun Shooting Sports, told FOX2 Detroit a new flagpole. He said that the storm caused more than $100,000 in damage after it destroyed a part of the building and the roof of the air conditioner units.
“It was pretty cool that the guys were there, and it did, and responded as quickly as they did,” Barbour said. “These guys go overseas, they are all on implementation at different times, and they risk their life. And now they are back here to do the recruitment work and they still risk their lives.”
Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang