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As Building Is Destroyed by Blaze, Firefighters Save American Flag Before It Catches Fire

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There is something to be said for patriotism. A group of Virginia firefighters displayed their love for this country proudly when they chose to save an American flag last week.

On February 28, the Moose Lodge in Hopewell, Virginia reportedly caught fire. Hopewell Fire & Rescue were soon on the scene.

WTVR reported the devastating fire wiped out the Moose Lodge, which was clearly a staple in the Hopewell community.

“It was gut-wrenching and then it was sad because there’s a lot of memories and a lot of ties to the community,” lodge administrator Brad Ozmore said.

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While the lodge itself has been destroyed, the firefighters did manage to salvage something that flew just outside the lodge’s doors.

Their act of respect was caught on film and soon went viral. In the video, the firefighters can be seen rescuing an American flag.

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“We took the opportunity to go up and save the flag as kind of a symbol of hope,” Donny Hunter, the Hopewell Fire Chief, shared with “Fox & Friends.”

A Facebook post shared by Hunter on the Hopewell Fire & Rescue page noted that this fire was “definitely one of the top 3 fires” he’d ever faced.

Hunter went on to write his heartfelt thanks to everyone at Hopewell Fire. “…your dedication and service to the City… makes me PROUD to be your Fire Chief,” he said.

“We don’t usually lose a whole building,” Hunter told WTVR. “I mean, we pride ourselves in being very aggressive and fighting fire hard.”

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This fire was certainly heartbreaking for anyone who held the Moose Lodge close to their hearts. The firefighters’ act in saving the flag seems to be one way they can still hold on to the hope of tomorrow.

Our hearts go out to any and all who were affected by this tragedy. The community is reportedly banding together to help the lodge rebuild.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
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Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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