As Hurricane Irma was pummeling parts of Florida, a team of firefighters and trained medics went out into Coral Springs to search for people stranded in the storm.
42-year-old Joseph Schiavo was part of the crew searching for victims, but while driving down the street he found something else that he thought needed to be saved. Lying on the ground was a fallen American flag, and Schiavo knew he had to do something about it.
“I just thought at the moment that it would be a disgrace to let that lay on the ground,” Joseph Schiavo said. Schiavo’s team agreed that they had to stop and waited as Schiavo ran out into the storm to rescue it. “It felt like an honorable thing to do,” Schiavo said. “It just represented every first responder.”
The Coral Springs later shared footage of the inspiring moment and now Schiavo is being hailed a hero for his actions. “Even in the midst of a storm, we are reminded of the love for our country and community,” the Coral Springs Police Department wrote in a tweet along with the video.
Watch the entire video below to see what this first responder did when he noticed a fallen American Flag.
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[Featured image: Inside Edition/Coral Springs Police Department]