Trash collector shows patriotism in retrieving fallen flag

Jeremy Fischer, a trash collector for Pride Disposal in Sherewood, Ore., was going about his regular work duties last week when he noticed an American flag, which had blown off a flagpole during a storm, on the ground.

A video camera mounted on the trash truck captured Fischer’s actions.

Fischer got out of his truck and picked up the flag. He then took the time to respectfully fold the flag military style, which KATU reported he learned as a Boy Scout.

“There’s a lot of sacrifice, a lot of hope, a lot of other stuff that is the American flag,” Fischer told KATU. “I figured since so many people have died for that, the least I could do was pick it up.”

Nancy Neet, a neighbor who witnessed Fischer’s actions, wanted to make sure his employer knew what he had done so she took to social media, posting a thank you message on Pride Disposal’s Facebook page.

“This is a SHOUT-OUT to the garbage man that worked on 2/18/14, in the Fanno Creek Loop area. I noticed my neighbor’s flag had blown off its pole and I was going to get it for her after the rain and wind settled down. I happened to be glancing out my window when the garbage man pull up. He noticed the flag on the ground, and respectfully picked it up, and folded it in a Military fashion and carefully placed it on a post. No one else saw this going on, except me and God, and I shared this story several times yesterday— it bought smiles to many faces, as well as my neighbor who is very grateful. Thank you, Mr. Garbage Man!!!! May God Bless You!”

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