This Nevada State Trooper did the right thing and doubled back to retrieve a dropped American flag.
It’s hard to miss those iconic stars and bars against black asphalt, a place an American flag never should be, so when Nevada State Trooper Jason Buratczuk, who goes by @iMediaTrooper on Instagram, saw an American flag laying on I-15, he did what any good American would do, he doubled back and picked it up.
Officer Buratczuk, a veteran himself according to News 3 Las Vegas, shared the in-camera footage from his Dodge Charger patrol car on Instagram shortly after.
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While northbound on the I-15 in Las Vegas something caught my eye in the left shoulder. I had to turn around and go back and save what I saw. I brought it to the local America Legion Lodge where they will dispose of it properly in a ceremony. Enjoy!!! #usa #america #lasvegas #statetrooper #repsect #honor #duty #sacrifice #godblessourtroops #godblessamerica #?? #follow #imediatrooper
The Nevada Interstate can be a dangerous place, especially when you’re outside of the protection of your car. With tons of metal whizzing by you, you only want to be outside of a vehicle if it’s necessary. For Officer Buratczuk, this was one of those times.
Thankfully, he’s got the blues and tunes to make sure everyone knows he’s on official business and it’s best to move out of his way.
The American Flag means a lot to most Americans and as a symbol of our great nation, demands a certain high level of respect.
According to US Code, one guideline for honoring the American flag includes making sure that,
The flag should touch nothing beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
Thank You Officer Buratczuk for setting an example for everyone else of what to do when you see Old Glory on the ground.
If you’d like to follow in Officer Buratczuk’s footsteps, come across an old flag on the ground, and want it properly disposed by a post of The American Legion, they have a helpful website to find your nearest post found here.