Two Wash. Firefighters Rescue U.S. Flag During Fire
Everyone knows firefighters are heroes.
A recent act of bravery by two Washington state firefighters drives home that point further.
In an intense video shared by KPTV, Captain Matt Hazlett and firefighter John Prasch were battling a two-alarm blaze in several businesses when they noticed the U.S. flag in the middle of smoke. It only took a moment, so they jumped in to save it.
They knew it was the right thing to do.
“Being public servants there is an aspect of civic duty, civic pride; so part of that, of course, is how we treat the flag,” Prasch said to KPTV. “It was just sort of an ah-ha moment, […] as we saw the smoke and the fire advancing, and noticed the flag pole with the flag still up.”
As firefighters for East County Fire & Rescue in Camas, Washington – which sits on the state line next to Oregon – the men take no credit for their act of patriotism.
“You know just for he and I it was a job that I believe most firefighters would do, it’s not heroic, it was symbolic,” Hazlett said to KPTV. “And you know at the end of the day if it had gone unnoticed nothing would’ve changed it would have been done exactly the same way and we would’ve gone home and thought nothing of it.”
The fire caused $150,000 in damage to several businesses, which began when sheets spontaneously combusted at a laundromat, according to KPTV.
By the next day, the flag was flying above the burned businesses.