South Dakota first responder uses creative skills to make unique flag honoring fallen firefighters

  • Source: KTIV-TV NBC/CW+ 4 Sioux City
  • Published: 10/16/2020 12:00 AM

VIDEO: One first responder in North Sioux City, South Dakota is using his creative skills to give back to his brothers and sisters in the department. Firefighter and emergency medical crew member Joe Pham got inspired to create his own Thin Red Line flag to hang inside the North Sioux City Fire Department. It's made out of old fire hoses, which he said he painted by hand and strung together, to create the black and white American flag with one red stripe. Pham says the red line represents many of his brothers and sisters. "It represents injured firefighters and line of duty deaths as well. I just wanted to make something, I had that gut feeling that I wanted to make something for the station, something more decorative for around here that shows respect," said Pham. Pham says the flag took about four days and around eight hours each day to make. But he said he did get some help from his fellow first responders with some of the flag-making process.


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