Trash Collector Lauded for Patriotic Act
Updated: Monday, February 24 2014, 03:32 PM EST
A trash collector in Oregon is getting a lot of attention after a neighbor on his route witnessed his simple gesture of respect, kindness and patriotism.
The day started out like any other before trash collector Jeremy spotted something unusual on the ground - an American flag. He immediately picked it up and folded it neatly.
"There's a lot of sacrifice, a lot of hope, a lot of other stuff that is the American Flag," Jeremy said. "I figured since so many people have died for that the least I could do was pick it up."
One of the neighborhood's residents, Nancy, witnessed the act. Jeremy didn't know anyone was watching, but Emily posted on the trash company's Facebook page to alert them to their worker's patriotic act.
"I was looking out my window up here and I saw him carefully folding the flag over the garbage can and I thought, 'wow he's going to fold it military style,'" Nancy said. "I felt in my heart it was such a moment that nobody else was seeing. No one else saw this going on except me and God. I shared this story several times. Thank you Mr. Garbage Man. May God bless you."
Jeremy says he'd do it again, just like he learned in Boy Scouts.