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Jay County deputies pick up and fold flag found in storm damage

Sergeant Derek Bogenschutz and Deputy Eric Smitley were going through the debris when they came across the flag.
Credit: Jay County Sheriff's Department
Storm damage from a tornado that went through Jay County, Indiana on Friday, June 18, 2021.

JAY COUNTY, Ind — On Friday June 18, 2021, Jay County deputies were dispatched after reports of a tornado touching down and homes being damaged.

Deputies immediately began searching for anyone hurt and going through the debris and damage left behind.

At one of the homes, Sergeant Derek Bogenschutz and Deputy Eric Smitley were going through the debris when they spotted something.

On the ground, not far from a house, the sergeant and deputy found an American flag. 

Credit: Jay County Sheriff's Office
Jay County Sergeant Derek Bogenschutz and Deputy Eric Smitley were going through the debris when they found a flag.

In the midst of their work, they stopped and picked the flag up from the ground.

Then together, they carefully folded the flag.

The moment was caught in photographs taken by other members of the sheriff's department cataloging the damage.