Arizona cop stops at 3 a.m. to pick up fallen American flag

by Peter Heck · Sep 28th, 2020 8:36 am

Last Updated Sep 28th, 2020 at 8:56 pm

A police officer from Peoria, Arizona, is receiving praise from all over the country after she was caught on a security camera fixing a fallen American flag outside someone's home at 3 a.m.

Shelly Montes was captured on a residential Ring security camera when she walked onto the front lawn of the property at 3 a.m. to fix the home's American flag that had fallen to the ground.

"It's something that's painful for me," the five-year Air Force veteran-turned-police officer Montes said. "I don't like to see the flag on the ground."

Montes collected the flag, rolled it neatly around its attached pole, and placed it gently on a front porch chair before leaving.

The next morning, the homeowner, who is also a veteran, noticed the care Montes showed in her treatment of the flag, and decided to publicize her actions. The video quickly went viral, and Montes has been bombarded with encouragement from all over the country.

"There's a lot of patriots out there who have reached out from all over the country," Montes marveled. "New York, Maine — they've left messages at the police department, thanking me for what I did."

Montes explained why she took the time to complete such a seemingly small gesture.

"[The flag is] inclusive of everyone who lives in this country, and represents my family, who are immigrants from another country," she said. "And what this country has done for my family, and for me, and why I wanted to give back and serve my country."


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