Beloit police officer rescues fallen flag after winter storm

BELOIT, Wisc. (WIFR) ----- A powerful winter storm couldn't keep old glory down for long.as a police officer rescues a flag in Beloit.

Flying proudly at Bud Weiser Motors on Milwaukee Road for the past 15 years, the massive flag was a familiar sight for drivers of the gateway city, until severe winter weather damaged the Stars and Stripes.

"When you fight for what that flag stands for, it ends up meaning a lot more to you."

With winter weather barreling through town, Beloit Police Officer Blaine Oxenreider caught sight of a flag ripped from its post at Bud Weiser Motors and sprang into action.

"I could tell that other citizens had tried to get it loose but the clips were full of ice, the pole, the flag was frozen to the ground," said Oxenreider.

The marine veteran enlisted the help of his fellow honor guard members, who ceremoniously folded it, restoring the flag back to its Old Glory.

"People remember a time where doing things like this, taking care of each other, taking care of the flag, wasn't an exception, it was just kind of the expectation," said Oxenreider.

For owner Scott Weiser, the kind gesture speaks volumes of his neighbors.

"Somebody made the extra effort to, you know, not just drop it off. I didn't know it was down and I knew it was safe, so that was nice," said Weiser.

VetsRoll organizer Mark Finnegan says this rescue highlights the flag's symbolism in the community.

"Getting the word out that these flags had fallen and Beloit PD and Beloit Fire Department, as they always do, they did the right thing, they went out and rescued the flags," said Finnegan.

"It's just nice when people do neighborly things for people they don't know. It makes you feel good," said Weiser.

The Beloit Fire Department also made a heroic rescue of the Stars and Stripes, as the flag at Toledo Molding and Die was safely returned after the ice storm on Monday.