Morristown’s Bravest are accustomed to saving people. On Friday, they rescued Old Glory.
Firefighters hauled down a bedraggled U.S. flag that was stuck atop the flagpole outside the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Then they hoisted a pristine version of the Stars and Stripes.
Firefighter Nolan Bas scampered up the firetruck ladder, while Capt. Tex DeGroot and Firefighter Mike Cirelli assisted below.
“We appreciate everything that our town’s fire, police and public safety departments do not only for MPAC but for our entire community. We thank them for helping us have our flag waving proudly again,” said MPAC General Manager Ed Kirchdoerffer.
Kirchdoerffer said the flagpole rope broke in last week’s windstorm. When a new flag arrived, theater staff discovered they could not lower the old one. MPAC’s Lee Kaloidis called an old friend, Police Lt. Matt Rawding, and Public Safety Director Michael Corcoran coordinated efforts between firefighters and police.
“I never expected such a quick response! They are amazing,” Kaloidis said.
All in a day’s work for the firemen, who run a warming shelter, collect Toys for Tots and escort Santa Claus when they’re not battling fires.
“Anything for the community,” said Capt. Nick Prizzi.