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Firefighters rescue American flag found floating in river after Hurricane Florence

Tower cam captures fury of Hurricane Florence 34 miles out in the Atlantic

A tower camera on Frying Pan Tower captures the fury of Hurricane Florence 34 miles off of Cape Fear, NC in the Atlantic Ocean Thursday afternoon. The tower was originall built as a light tower to warn ships of shallow shoals.
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A tower camera on Frying Pan Tower captures the fury of Hurricane Florence 34 miles off of Cape Fear, NC in the Atlantic Ocean Thursday afternoon. The tower was originall built as a light tower to warn ships of shallow shoals.

Members of the Greensboro Fire Department were involved in a number of rescues over the past week, as Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas.

Some involved coming to the aid of families and other people impacted by the deadly storm. A few of the rescues the fire department was involved in were more unique.

While no life was protected from harm in a recent rescue, the members of the fire department were proud about what they saved — an American flag.

The Greensboro Fire Department’s swift water rescue team tweeted they found the flag floating in a river.

The Twitter post included a photo of members of the rescue team huddled around the flag. They shared the picture on Sunday afternoon.

Also on Sunday, the fire department tweeted about the team returning to Greensboro from their deployment in Pender County.

In the time the rescue team provided aid during Hurricane Florence they used Twitter to report their activities and help with evacuations. That included one rescue, where they saved two people and 43 dogs from a single residence.

Another time, the firefighters evacuated 76 people from a flooded apartment complex.

As Hurricane Florence closed in on landfall, another American flag caught the nation’s eye.

Live footage showed the flag flying at Frying Pan Tower on the N.C. coast get battered by the approaching storm.

Flag and Banner donated a replacement flag, the News & Observer reported. On Sept. 22, the live stream showed the brand new flag flying.

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