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(WATCH) Cop saves US flag from touching ground in driveway

American Flag (Anthony Delanoix/Unsplash)
July 09, 2018

The Flag Code states that the United States flag should not touch anything beneath it, including the ground. And recently, one Marysville, Washington police officer made sure that code was honored.

Home surveillance camera footage recently captured Officer Dave Negron attempting to replace a flag properly in its holder while he was patrolling a residential street on July 4.

The video has more than 500,000 views on Twitter.

Negron took notice that a homeowner’s American flag mounted on the house near the driveway was touching the ground, WSB-TV reported.

He got out of his patrol car to see if he could fix the problem, but the flag mount had broken and wouldn’t hold the flag high enough to keep it from dragging on the ground.

Unable to repair it, Negron carefully rolled the flag around the flagpole and leaned it up against the house near the front door.

Ben Rieman, the homeowner, said he’d watched the surveillance video after finding the flag rolled up by the front door and said that the officer deserved respect for his “good deed.”

Rieman shared the video on a local Facebook community page to acknowledge the officer’s patriotic act.

“I would like to THANK greatly to an Officer of the Marysville Police Department! It just so happens I was out and about enjoying my 4th of July, when my American Flag had somehow fell to the ground,” Rieman posted to the Snohomish County Crime and Community Facebook group.

“I wish I could thank him personally. That’s a real American to me,” Rieman said.