A U.S. Marine veteran who was driving for FedEx ended up going beyond the call of duty after noticing an American flag lying on the ground.
Home surveillance footage caught the extraordinary act of patriotism as the driver pulled over to a house where he wasn’t even making a delivery.
The FedEx driver got out of his truck and picked up the flag, carefully folding it and storing it away from the wind.
A FedEx driver went beyond the call of duty as he noticed a fallen American flag
Home surveillance caught the act of patriotism on camera as Mike King went to pick it up
Heavy winds blew over and broke the flagpole on a woman’s front yard
The flag pole had broken and fallen over in heavy winds on Gail Cook’s front yard.
Cook posted the video to Facebook: ‘Today our flag pole broke with the high winds. The FedEx driver saw this when he was driving by and stopped. He not only picked up the flag but folded it properly and put it away safely on our porch. Thanks!!! I hope he gets the recognition he deserves, I can’t thank him enough!’
Cook later managed to contact the driver, Mike King, who also happened to be a Marine veteran.
He said he was ‘just doing what was right. It’s the Marine way, would have done better justice for Lady glory if the wind wasn’t gusting at 50 lol … I couldn’t just drive by and do nothing.’
He picked up the flag folding it with care carefully storing it out of the wind
FedEx driver Mike King said that he was ‘just doing the right thing’
Homeowner Gail Cook said she was very grateful for King’s ‘act of patriotism’
Owner of the home contacted the driver who turned out to be a Marine veteran
‘He stopped and took time out of what (is) surely one of his busiest delivery weeks (after Cyber Monday) to pick up our flags and fold them and place them safely on a box that was on our porch,’ Cook said to CNN.
Homeowner Gail Cook contacted FedEx so that she could thank the driver personally
King has been delivering packages for several years to Cook, 44, who lives in Ferndale with her husband and two children, she said.
‘He did this not knowing anyone was watching — he just did it because it’s the right thing to do,’ Cook said to the Baltimore Sun. ‘And we just really appreciate that he took the time to do that for us.’
FedEx praised King in a statement.
‘FedEx Ground is proud of the many contributions our team members and vendors make to our local communities every day,’ the statement said.
‘We commend the patriotic actions of Mike King, a service provider employee who went above and beyond to properly care for a fallen American flag while on his route.’
King folded away the flag away out of the wind. He even folded a Baltimore Ravens flag too