President Donald Trump has made respect for the men and women who serve our communities a top priority for his administration. Whether it’s police or firefighters, he’s been conspicuously generous with his praise.
That translates into plenty of speeches and tweets, but also real-world displays like this one from Bethpage, New York.
According to BizPac Review, the incident took place in May as the president was leaving a forum on illegal immigration. (Long Island has seen a wave of violence from the MS-13 gang. The president spent part of the meeting paying tribute to families who had lost loved ones to the violence.)
That’s not what got everyone talking, however. What has created a buzz was a bunch of firemen standing to salute the president in their full turnouts — fire helmets, jackets, boots, the whole nine yards.
And, as it turned out, the president was more than willing to salute them by stopping his motorcade.
The video shows several vehicles go by as the firemen are saluting. Then, as the presidential limo came by, it stopped.
A few individuals emerged from the limo, after which the very familiar figure of President Trump could be seen getting out.
Cheers greeted the president as he walked over to the group. He eventually signalled the men to come over and the two sides greeted each other warmly.
“Thank you, thank you,” Trump said as he shook the hands of the firemen.
“That’s awesome!” one of the firefighters could be heard saying. And, indeed, you can’t say they didn’t get the experience of a lifetime.
YouTube users seemed to agree.
“Best president ever!” one wrote.
“President Trump…..a man for the people. He loves America and he loves her people,” another wrote.
“And Obama walked off air force 1 without even saluting the soldiers protecting him!” one quipped.
Keep in mind that full firefighter turnout gear isn’t exactly a) light or b) cool. May isn’t the coolest month in New York, either. For these guys to be out in the street with their full gear on says a lot about how they feel about the president.
Then again, the president has said a lot about how he feels about them. Just this past weekend, Trump told an Ohio rally audience that his administration is “standing up for the heroes who protect our country.”
If these firemen are any indication, that relationship is definitely reciprocal.
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