About Us

  I'm Robert (Uncle Bob) Connely, and First Responders have had a profound and lasting impact on my life.

I recall Mom & Dad playing cards with two Policemen in 1936 (I was 5 then). One immediately became my best friend when he said I could fire his gun at the range when I was older. Officer Bob Rice and I became friends when we met in 1943. In 1945, when my Dad died, he also became my surrogate father, advising and guiding me through my teens. I grew up knowing that Law Enforcers are exceptional people.

My friends and I often “hung-out” at the “fire barn”, under which was a basketball court where I played in a church league. Firemen would help coach and watch us play our games. Years later, Firefighters carried me, unconscious, from a smoke-filled apartment and their Medics gave me lots of oxygen, saving my life. So I know both our Firefighters, and their Medics, are also exceptional people.

My two brothers and I proudly served over 30 years (combined) in the Military and other Family members also served as First Responders or in the Military.

Kati, my grand-niece, and her husband Ryan (in the flag industry over 30 years combined) in 2016 opened their flag & pole company     A-1 Flags, Poles and Repair, LLC.

Nearing the end of my time and wanting a legacy, I searched for a worthy and lasting symbol of service to others.  Focusing on my life experiences, our First Responders easily won out. They didn’t have  "A FLAG OF THEIR OWN".  All they had was a small stripe on a then flawed American flag.  Do they deserve better recognition? Absolutely!

Golden First Responders are courageous men and women who, 24/7, risk their own lives protecting the lives and properties of those
they don't even know!



 honors and is dedicated to First Responders,
Past, Present, and Future.   
We all need to show respect and appreciation
for our Golden First Responders. 

 This flag meets that need.

For over 100 years Red has represented Firefighters and Blue, Law Enforcers, so I made the flag half red and half blue. A number, not words, can be read on waving flags, so I added a  1st   Seeing it you say First and of course, "Responders" should then automatically come to mind. First Responders are “GOLDEN” so I made the 1st gold too. 

Today, fly their flag & you Make THEIR day
Tomorrow, they could SAVE YOUR day
A-1 Flags, Poles, and Repair will separately sell other flags & sell, install and repair poles at competitive prices.  Ryan or Kati are able to discuss the coming availability of this flag in large quantities, different sizes, office flags with stands, etc.
Kati will become owner, and then seamlessly operate
this worthy enterprise when I join the Angeles.
Thanks for your time and considering this rewarding offer.

“Uncle Bob”