HOPEWELL, Va. (FOX) – Viral video shows two Virginia firefighters rescuing an American flag as a roaring fire destroyed a building housing a local Moose Lodge.
The Moose Lodge in Hopewell, Va., caught fire early Thursday.
“We took the opportunity to go up and save the flag as kind of a symbol of hope,” Hopewell Fire Chief Donny Hunter told “Fox & Friends” Sunday.
A kneeling Hunter is seen lowering the flag as the fire rages. He is then joined by firefighter Timmy Cibula.
The video shows a third firefighter working the hose to protect Hunter and Cibula.
“I think the best statement was it just felt like the right thing because it’s a symbol and it’s a little bit of hope,” Hunter said.
He described the response to what he and Cibula did as “overwhelming.”
“The flag means a lot to us especially in the fire service, we’re based on tradition,” Cibula said.
Hunter said they were touched when they returned the flag to the governor of the lodge.