Trash man’s patriotic deed goes viral

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SHERWOOD, Ore. — A trash collector in Oregon is making national headlines after someone on his route witnessed a simple patriotic gesture.

While on his route, Jeremy Fischer spotted something that deserved more attention than a piece of trash.

“There’s a lot of sacrifice, there's a lot of hope, a lot of other stuff that is the American flag. I figured since so many people have died for that the least I could do was pick it up,” Fischer told KATU.

While cameras on the truck were rolling, Fischer did not tell anyone about the flag. However, Nancy Neet was watching.

Neet posted on the Pride Disposal Company Facebook page about the patriotic gesture:

“This is a SHOUT-OUT to the garbage man that worked on 2/18/14, in the Fanno Creek Loop area. I noticed my neighbor’s flag had blown off its pole and I was going to get it for her after the rain and wind settled down. I happened to be glancing out my window when the garbage man pull up. He noticed the flag on the ground, and respectfully picked it up, and folded it in a Military fashion and carefully placed it on a post. No one else saw this going on, except me and God, and I shared this story several times yesterday– it bought smiles to many faces, as well as my neighbor who is very grateful. Thank you, Mr. Garbage Man!!!! May God Bless You!”

Fischer said he would do it again just like he learned in Boy Scouts. He also said the gesture was not about getting attention, but rather about doing what's right.

“Honestly, if I had my way I wouldn’t be on TV,” Fischer said.

Read more: KATU


  • David Embler

    True patriotism, and a great example for the rest of us to follow! Thanks for appreciating OUR country! Semper Fidelis!

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