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Video: Officer, passerby fold American flag after it’s blown off display

A passerby saw what Officer Austin Conrade was doing and decided to stop and help him fold the flag

By Sarah Calams

CABOT, Ark. — Church surveillance camera footage caught the moment an officer and passerby honored an American flag that had fallen off a pole due to high winds. reported that Cabot Police Officer Austin Conrade drove into the parking lot at Renew Community Church after noticing the flag had fallen onto the pavement. In the footage, you can see Conrade putting the large flag over the hood of his cruiser. A passerby saw what Conrade was doing and decided to stop and help him fold the flag.

“When I saw the citizen show up to help Officer Conrade, I just smiled,” said Pastor Spencer Dunlap. “That’s how you respect the police, that’s how you respect America, and that’s what it means to be a part of the community.”

The officer dropped the folded flag off at the church the following morning.

“I was particularly moved when I saw Officer Conrade drop to one knee to release the flag from the remaining clip,” Pastor Dunlap said. “Although it may have just been easier for him to kneel in that moment, seeing him kneel, on the wet pavement, in honor of the flag, was amazing.”