An Iowa FedEx driver became the hero of the day Thursday when he interrupted a flag-burning protest and rescued the American flags.
A small group of young people gathered at a downtown pedestrian mall in Iowa City Thursday, saying they were protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline and a number of “other issues.”
There they proceeded to burn several American flags, which didn’t set very well with a FedEx delivery man who happened to be parked nearby. The delivery man, who is reported to be a military veteran, grabbed his fire extinguisher, put out the fire, and yanked free some of the flags.
When the protesters tried to burn a second flag, the patriot returned and put his fire extinguisher to use once more.
The scuffle – and the language – got heated as the protesters attempted to take back the flags the FedEx driver had rescued, and they returned to their attempt to burn the last one as he left.
However, KCRG-TV9 News reported that local police also saw the incident and arrested two of the flag-burners, Kelli Ebensberger, 21, of Iowa City and Paul Osgerby, 23, of Ames, for an open burning misdemeanor, as they did not have a permit from the fire department to hold a public burning. They are due to appear in court February 23.
WARNING: Video contains strong language.
FedEx delivers… patriotism pic.twitter.com/7QtFsUeYNP
— CronkiteSays… (@CronkiteSays) January 27, 2017
A group was out on the ped mall this afternoon burning flags in protest. FedEx driver jumped in to extinguish them. pic.twitter.com/ElW01BrIfu
— David Scrivner (@davidscrivner) January 26, 2017
@davidscrivner I know this man, he has proudly served our country over seas.
— @cibyericalynns (@SimplyChloBel) January 26, 2017
He’s a silent guardian,
a watchful protector,
a FedEx Guy. pic.twitter.com/atOS9mAwBk
— Trent (@BarstoolTrent) January 26, 2017
— Tom (@tbetts27) January 26, 2017
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