I recall Mom & Dad playing cards in our kitchen with two uniformed policemen in 1936 (I was five then). One immediately became my best friend when he said I could fire his gun at the range when I was older. I became friends with Officer Bob Rice in 1943 and when my Dad died in 1945, he became my surrogate father, 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 either the Army, Air Force, Navy, Reserves, and or National Guard. Other family members were Military or First Responder members.
Nearing the end of my time, I want to leave behind a worthy symbol of service to others. Focusing on my life experiences, First Responders provided the answer. They don't have "A Flag Of Their Own". About all they have is a stripe on a then flawed Old Glory. They deserve much better!
THAT Makes Them GOLDEN
We all need to show respect and appreciation
This flag meets that need.
It's next to impossible to read words on high waving flags. So this flag has a number 1st because they are "FIRST" Responders, and it's gold because they are “GOLDEN”. It's in the middle, uniting the branches, and leans forward slightly to represent Golden First Responders speeding to help others.
Today, fly their flag & you “Make THEIR day”
Tomorrow, their actions could “SAVE YOUR day”
A portion of the sales price of each flag sold will be donated to the First Responders Foundation.