Firefighters FORCED To Remove Police Flag Honoring The Fallen, So They Do THIS Instead…


A group of firefighters in Riverside County, California wanted to show their support for police officers and to honor the fallen officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas recently. In order to publicly show that support in a demonstrable way, firefighter Eric Hille chose to display a pro-police flag on one of the fire engines at the Sunnymead Ranch Station #48.  

You probably recognize the flag and have seen it displayed by some especially lately. It’s black and white with a blue stripe through the middle – the blue stripe symbolizing the “thin blue line.” Hille posted the flag on on July 17, just a few hours after word came that the gunman had attacked officers in Baton Rouge and killed three.


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“We just wanted to show our support for law enforcement,” Mr. Hille told me. “We wanted them to know that we stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with them.”


Police officers in the area appreciated the gesture, however, not everyone was appreciative. The very next day the fire chief, John Hawkins, sent an email to Station #48 and told them the flag had to be removed.

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Per Todd Starnes of Fox news, the email from Fire Chief Hawkins stated –


“Our foremost concern was whether the flag could create a safety risk for emergency responders due to extremists targeting the fire engine or for people following the fire engine and not being able to see the warning lights.  How is this perceived by not only the public but also those that would seek to do harm to those in public safety? Some feel the flag is an attempt to incite further violence against those who, to our very core, have dedicated our lives to protecting all lives.  Should we potentially increase the risk for our firefighters by flying flags, banners or signs in this time of divisiveness?  Sadly, in this unsettled time the danger is possible. The type of flag — while strongly supporting our LE (law enforcement) family — could increase tension or cause a negative response within the community. It is beyond belief to suggest ‘management’ isn’t acutely aware of or sensitive to the attacks on our LE brothers and sisters.

He further stated that the fire department must “look at the bigger picture.” The Fire Chief appears to have tried his hardest to explain and defend his decision and  took deep offense at the backlash and criticism he received as a result of his stance.

The actions of Fire Chief Hawkins certainly gives the appearance of appeasement and pandering to the anti-police rhetoric very prevalent in Obama regime and his lapdog media.  The feelings potential police agitators were considered before showing support for fallen officers that gave their lives in defense of the public that they chose to “protect and serve” as well as those current officers that are tired, scared, and frankly, feel like they have a target on their backs.

Hille was naturally outraged by the events and he responded by posting a message on his Facebook page.  His story went viral, sparking massive outrage, to the point that the fire department asked him to remove the photos of the flag from his personal social media account. Hille responded with, “As you can tell, the pictures are still posted and will remain posted to show our support for our brothers and sisters in blue.”



God Bless.

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