Two firefighters became local heroes in Anaheim, CA when they stopped and rescued an American flag from the top of a burning building.
According to ABC 7, the California firefighters arrived on scene to extinguish the flames burning up inside of a commercial building then the patriotic rescue was made. As their fellow fighters fought the flames in the three alarm fire, two firefighters were able to get to the flag and bring it down to safety before carefully folding it.
The news station’s helicopter reporter, J. T. Alpaugh shared a video of the unnamed firefighters rescuing the flag and posted it to Twitter.
The Anaheim Fire and Rescue team were able to later return the flag to it’s rightful owner, fittingly a LAPD officer, according to a post on their official Facebook.
The two men who were responsible for bringing down the flag and returning it to the retired officer were also applauded on social media when ABC 7 reporter Greg Lee shared a photo on his Twitter.
“@AnaheimFire firefighters who managed to get this
#AmericanFlag down in the midst of a 3-alarm fire. Fire is under control, no injuries. @ABC7,” Lee wrote.
The men were later identified by their station as Firefighters Bennett and Helms.
A vehicle fire was reportedly what ignited the flames in the first place. The firefighters were initially concerned about the potential spread of flames to other businesses but they were able to contain the flames to one unit.
No injuries were reported.