Watch what this sanitation worker did when he found a U.S. flag on the street

Boy Scouts are inherently patriotic.

We wear the American flag on our sleeves, we say the pledge before meetings, and we learn the proper ways to post, fold and retire Old Glory.

So it was no huge shock when I learned the Oregon sanitation worker who showed unbelievable patriotism — when he thought nobody was watching — is a former Scout. Here’s how it went down:

On his regular route recently, Jeremy Fischer found a U.S. flag lying in the street.

He had no idea a neighbor was watching when he picked up the flag and carefully folded it using the triangle-folding method he learned in Scouts. He set it on a post near the owner’s home and moved on to the next house on his route.

Good Turn over — or so he thought.

The neighbor, Nancy Neet, posted a message on the Facebook page belonging to the sanitation company (aptly named Pride Disposal). Then the Good Turn went national with coverage in Las Vegas, Florida, California and beyond.

Jeremy was interviewed for this TV story (be sure to watch the video), and he shared why he bothered to pick up the flag that had blown off its pole in a storm.

“There’s a lot of sacrifice, a lot of hope, and a lot of other stuff, that is the American flag,” he told the TV station. “I figured since so many people have died for that, the least I could do was pick it up.”

Another example of Scout training helping someone become a better American. Well done, Jeremy.

Thanks to Carey Snyder, Drew Stevenson, Roy Woodruff and others for the tip.

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Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, is the senior editor of Scouting and Eagles' Call magazines. You can read more of his posts at