connectVideoMissouri sheriff deputy saves flag from touching ground, goes viral
A sheriff’s deputy and veteran in Missouri went above and beyond the call of duty earlier this month after spotting a U.s. flag on a broken flagpole that was almost on the ground.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post, the incident happened on 15 March in Avondale after a storm had passed through the region and Vice Brandon McElroy was driving through the neighborhood.
Video of a Ring of the doorbell camera will be sent to the sheriff’s office by the home owner gives McElroy slow down in front of the house, turn around and step off after noticing the flag partially draped on the ground.
“Seeing the flag go down, my first reaction was to do the right thing and make sure to show respect and pick it up from the ground,” McElroy told “Fox & Friends.” “I’m not necessarily looking for, but driving in that area, I always noticed his flagpole with the flag waving, and riding through that area that particular morning I saw that it was and just had to pick it up.”
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In the video released by the sheriff’s office, McElroy can be seen go on the front garden and the removal of the flag from the broken stick respect for the folds of the on the veranda of the house.
“It means a lot to me,” he said Sunday. “Growing up, you show your respect for the flag. Doing small things like making sure it doesn’t touch the ground or picking it up from the ground, just little things you that respect.”
The sheriff’s deputy served for 7 1/2 years in the air force at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri as a security forces member.
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At the time, McElroy said he did not realize that there was a doorbell with a camera recording him. It was hours later that day, when he was approached by the homeowner, the woman who thanked him for his good deed.
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He told “Fox & Friends” he strives to always do the right thing, even when nobody is watching.
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“Something as small as that cloth represents a lot in this country, or the men and women who have died or the men and women who are wearing these day in which our country so we can have our freedoms that we have and enjoy the things that we do on a daily basis,” he said.