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!
THAT Makes Them GOLDEN.
My company, THE GOLDEN FIRST RESPONDERS FLAG, LLC,
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.