Arizona police officer rescues American flag: Shelly Montes Wiki, Bio
Footage of a Peoria, Arizona police officer returning a run-away American flag has gone viral, and the officer and Air Force veteran herself, Shelly Montes, told “Fox & Friends Weekend” it was an act of honor.
“It is a sense of honor for me as a military veteran,” he said. “It is a pride for me. “Seeing the flag on the ground is painful.”
🇺🇸 While patrolling neighborhoods during the overnight hours, @PeoriaPoliceAZ Officer Montes, a #Military #Veteran, noticed an #AmericanFlag damaged from the wind. The resident posted the video to thank Officer Montes for taking care of it!🇺🇸 #PeoriaPDAZ #Peoriapoliceaz #peoria pic.twitter.com/0nipxMu5Yp
— Peoria Police (AZ) (@PeoriaPoliceAZ) September 13, 2020
The wind blew the flag from her post where Montes, patrolling neighborhoods through the night, found it, rolled it up, and placed it on a patio chair by the owner’s door. Montes said this incident occurs “quite often” during the monsoon season.
During a time of hostility against the forces of order, Montes proposed that officers remain patriots with small gestures such as saving flags.
“It’s a sense of pride, and it’s a sense of pride for many officers,” she said. “And I know I’m not the only officer doing this … It is a sense of honor for our country and for those of us who have served and continue to serve our community.”
Montes said she did not know the cameras were recording her act of kindness and only found out later through Facebook. She said she has yet to meet the owner of the flag.