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Hospital Orders Firefighter to Remove 911 Memorial Flag from His Truck

Hospital Orders Firefighter to Remove 911 Memorial Flag from His Truck

LINCOLN, Nebraska  — A volunteer firefighter was told to remove a flag honoring fallen firefighters by his hospital employer.

Cody Meredith, an employee at Crete Area Medical Center, put this flag on his truck Monday to honor fallen firefighters. But he said his supervisors told him to remove it.

Mr. Meredith went to work on Sept. 11th with a mounted black and white U.S. flag with a single red stripe to pay tribute to fallen firefighters. The supervisors of Crete Area Medical Center allegedly told him to take the flag down, or remove his truck from hospital property.

”The guy said, ‘Just remove the flag and we’ll be done with it,’” Meredith’s wife Kristin, who witnessed the incident, said.

Kristin, who is also a volunteer firefighter, contacted a newspaper about the incident and wrote about it on Facebook before the hospital apologized, calling it a misunderstanding.

“It’s Sept. 11, Patriot Day,” she said. “We take fallen firefighters very seriously.”

Here’s why: She and her husband are both volunteer firefighters. Their fathers were firefighters. Cody Meredith recently lost a friend, a firefighter, to cancer.

“It’s just something that’s always been in both of our lives,” she said.

More details here in the Lincoln Journal Star.


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