Much Respect: Stuyvesant Firefighters Save Flag Downed By Storm
Firefighters from the Stuyvesant Fire Department were quite busy on Wednesday afternoon surveying damage in their community following the intense storm that ravaged parts of Columbia and Greene County. Undeterred by the storm, two of the Capital Region's bravest did something quite honorable when they noticed a downed flagpole in the middle of the destruction on a resident's lawn. They owners of the home weren't there at the time, so these two men took matters - and the flag - into their own hands.
According to a report by News Channel 13, Chiefs Andrew Montie and Stephen McGrath were both on the scene, checking out property that was damaged by the storms on Wednesday. When they noticed the downed flagpole with the mangled flag on the lawn, they immediately picked up the flag and properly folded it.
The residents were not home at the time, so they gently and safely placed it on their front door.
A post on the Stuyvesant Fire Department Facebook page humbly acknowledged that they "don't normally make posts like this," but there are exceptions.
"We feel that both chiefs should be recognized for this. At the end of the day we are all part of the community and neighbors look out for neighbors. We are proud to have members like these two on our team every day to help serve the community in all aspects especially in the ones that often go unrecognized." -Stuyvesant Fire Facebook
The resident was so touched, she wrote them a "thank you" note. It read as follows: