As Hurricane Harvey roared ashore in Texas, one police officer braved the wind and rain to save the American flag before it was ripped away.
“While some dishonor and desecrate her, APPD Ofc. Jack McCarty will stop at nothing to honor and save her,” the Aransas Pass Police Department wrote on Facebook Friday, sharing a photo of the brave officer.
The Category 4 hurricane with 130 mph winds made landfall about 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi on Friday and continued on its destructive path, leaving catastrophic flooding in its wake as record rainfall of more than 20 inches in some places displaced thousands of residents.
The Aransas Pass Police Department shared an aerial view of the local damage on the Facebook page Sunday.
Meanwhile, Officer McCarty’s respect for the flag at a time when patriotism and America’s heritage are under attack was met with gratitude on social media.
“This is a wonderful example of the people that love the United States of America! Thank you Officer McCarty for saving our flag and for putting your life on the line for the people of Aranas Pass every day. God bless and keep the people in your area safe from Hurricane Harvey! God please protect ALL our Police Officers every day as they face increasing challenges!!” wrote another Facebook user, Dorcas Lyons.
Though there were some who complained that a flag would not be worth the officer risking his life, many on Twitter disagreed, understanding the officer’s motivation and heart.
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I sure bet that flag was thankful he risked his life to save it.
— Rusty (@Rustyram78) August 26, 2017
— Wheelpack (@b5ranger1) August 26, 2017
Visually amazing. Simply for the fact it looks like our flag is fading away as a man desperately tries to take it out of the storm.
— Oscar (@orod04) August 26, 2017
— Henry 🇺🇸 (@MrDarthhenry) August 26, 2017
Photo of the year award 🥇 wow!
— JoJos-Jacket 🇺🇸 (@jojosjacket17) August 26, 2017
True patriotism unlike some NFL players I know.
— Jon Christie (@ArizonaPatriot1) August 28, 2017
Duty – Honor – Country
— Joseph Marsilio (@JosephMarsilio1) August 27, 2017
Thank You Officer Jack McCarty! Stay Safe! Stay Strong!
— ChiliadBeing (@ChiliadBeing) August 26, 2017
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