“I’m just a trash man picking up trash,” Jeremy Fischer told the reporter who had come to interview him about a gesture of kindness and respect he assumed no one saw.
The Oregon garbage collector was going through his route, last Tuesday, when he saw that an American flag had been blown off its pole and was sprawled across a trash can. A former boy scout, Fischer carefully folded the flag up military style, and placed it on a post.
Unbeknownst to him, a woman had watched the entire thing from her window, and posted what she saw on the Pride Disposal Company Facebook page:
“This is a SHOUT-OUT to the garbage man that worked on 2/18/14, in the Fanno Creek Loop area. I noticed my neighbor’s flag had blown off its pole and I was going to get it for her after the rain and wind settled down. I happened to be glancing out my window when the garbage man pull up. He noticed the flag on the ground, and respectfully picked it up, and folded it in a Military fashion and carefully placed it on a post. No one else saw this going on, except me and God, and I shared this story several times yesterday- it bought smiles to many faces, as well as my neighbor who is very grateful. Thank you, Mr. Garbage Man!!!! May God Bless You!”- Nancy Neet, Facebook post.
“There’s a lot of sacrifice, a lot of hope, a lot of other stuff that is the American flag”, Fischer explained. “I figured since so many people have died for that the least I could do was pick it up.”
Although Fischer knows garbage truck cameras are always rolling, he never expected anybody to pay attention to his good deed. “Honestly, if I had my way I wouldn’t be on TV,” he said.
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