Georgia police officers rescue American flag taken down by Irma

by: Brett Rosner Updated:

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Two Georgia police officers’ small deed is getting a big reaction after what they did following Tropical Storm Irma.  

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department video on their Facebook page of the two officers rescuing an American Flag.

The flag, which is the unofficial welcome sign to Tybee Island, was brought down by Irma’s winds.

When Lt. Greg Ernst and Captain Ashley Brown saw the flag on the road, they said there was no question what they were going to do. The two officers braved Irma’s elements to save the beloved symbol.

"So as soon as we saw it we both looked at each other, hit the brakes, got out the car and rescued the flag. You rescue the colors," Lt. Ernst told WJCL-TV.


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The rescue was especially impactful because it happened on September 11.

"To see the colors laying on the ground especially on this day was not going to happen," Lt. Ernst told WJCL-TV.

After taking the flag back to the station, the officers brought it back to the side of Highway 80 and hoisted it back up. 

Information from WJCL-TV was used in this report.