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Raymore teens praised after resurrecting fallen flag

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As the pair of friends reached a roundabout on the way to the celebration, they saw a flag that had fallen from its pole. (Facebook/Raymore Police Department) As the pair of friends reached a roundabout on the way to the celebration, they saw a flag that had fallen from its pole. (Facebook/Raymore Police Department)
Dillon and Jacob say it's not about the recognition. (Facebook/Raymore Police Department) Dillon and Jacob say it's not about the recognition. (Facebook/Raymore Police Department)
RAYMORE, MO (KCTV) -

A pair of Raymore teens are receiving praise for their actions after finding a flag lying on the ground.

Dillon Russell's 4th of July weekend started with his friend Jake Parker. They wanted to check out an Independence Day celebration.

As the pair of friends reached a roundabout on the way to the celebration, they saw a flag that had fallen from its pole and was lying on the ground. Both knew they had to do something.

“We looked at each other and said, ‘That shouldn't be there,’” Jacob said.

“There's men and women fighting for our freedom. They work so hard for our freedom,” Dillon said.

The two Raymore teens stopped to fix the fallen flag.

“My first thought was to pick it up, so it's not on the ground,” Jacob said.

The teens saw the flag had been zip tied to its pole and decided to go and get some zip ties. That's when Raymore Police Department Sargent Terry Fedric spotted them.

“He had this look on his face like something was wrong,” Fedric said. “I could tell how much he cared, and that meant a lot.”

Fedric lent the boys a hand, helping them find zip ties from a nearby park office.

Showing that kind of respect for the Stars and Stripes impressed Raymore police. They wanted to make sure their community knew what Jake and Dillon had done.

“It was one of those instances where we could highlight something good going on in our community,” Fedric said.

Fedric took pictures of the boys' good deed. The department's Facebook post has gone viral, with hundreds of commenters thanking the teens.

“We didn't expect any of this at all,” Dillon said. “We just knew we had to do something.”

“It makes me feel good about myself. I hope more people do something,” Jacob said.

Dillon and Jacob say it's not about the recognition.

“That's just how much it means to us,” Dillon said.

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