The Army expects soldiers to be brave. Stories about the men and women in the military who risk life and limb for their country are hardly extraordinary. This one, though, has an oddly selfless twist and is about more than bravery. Staff Sgt. Eric Barkhorn and Staff Sgt. Jared Ferguson have proven their dedication to the flag.
The two Army recruiters from Michigan braved the elements to take down an American flag in the midst of an epic storm outside Top Gun Shooting Sports in the town of Taylor.
The recruiting event was going as planned before the storm dumped rain and hail. Then the flag pole outside was blown over.
“I kept thinking to myself, ‘I am not going to leave the flag on the ground’,” Staff Sgt. Eric Barkhorn told the hosts of “Fox and Friends” Friday. “The flag means everything to me. It’s everything we stand for, it’s everything we fight for.”
Staff Sgt. Jared Ferguson, a former infantryman for the 1st Infantry Division, went with him. The two men removed the flag from the pole and took it back inside, where they folded it properly.
“We wear the flag on our shoulders every time we put on our uniform,” Ferguson said. “It’s definitely really important.”
While they didn’t risk their lives retrieving the flag, the act was selfless. They were not aware that the act would be captured on video, or that the video would go viral.
“Mike Barbour, owner of Top Gun Shooting Sports, told FOX2 Detroit a new flag pole is up,” Fox writes.
“[The] storm caused more than $100,000 in damage after it wrecked part of the building and the rooftop air conditioner units.”
“It was pretty cool that the guys were there and did that and reacted as quick as they did,” Barbour said. “These guys go overseas, they’ve all been on deployment at different times and they risk their life. And now they’re back here doing recruitment work and they’re still risking their lives.”