Ever since Amazon made it okay for people to order everything under the sun online, people have been getting packages stolen from their porches and front doorsteps. People driving by in their cars have been known to suddenly jump out of their cars to make a daring snatch and grab. Other times these daylight robberies are meticulously planned.
But, no one ever suspects that the delivery driver does more than just drop off boxes. But, that’s exactly what security cameras in Ferndale, Maryland showed. Gail Cook was stunned when she something other than a package on her porch, and even more shocked when she looked at the video footage that filmed every single precious moment as it “folded.”
When FedEx driver Mike King stopped by Gail’s house, he didn’t have anything to deliver. He noticed that the flagpole in the front yard and fallen day, and both the American flag and a Baltimore Ravens football flag were getting soiled on the ground. As a former Marine, he couldn’t let that happen!
With the same tender care one would use when handling a baby, Miked picked up the American flag and started to fold it. But, that’s when he can be seen suddenly bolting from the porch and making his way towards the FedEx truck!
Of course, he wasn’t taking off with the homeowner’s flag. Instead, the driver realized he was missing something. Minutes later, the driver reemerged from his truck, and the flag had been neatly creased into a triangle, which is a sign of ultimate respect. He then took the Ravens flag and showed the utmost care in folding that flag, too.
When Gail got home, she found both flags neatly tucked away into a wooden box on her porch. The American flag was in a proper triangle, and the football flag was underneath it. Not understanding what had happened, she reviewed her security camera footage and saw what the driver had done.
Gail told the Baltimore Sun that other cars can be seen zooming by, but it was Mike who took the time out to pay his respects.
“He was just driving by and stopped. He’s a former marine and for him to do that, it was just so nice of him.”
FedEx was proud that one of their own was involved in this sweet, unexpected delivery, and praised Mike in an official statement:
“FedEx Ground is proud of the many contributions our team members and vendors make to our local communities every day. We commend the patriotic actions of Mike King, a service provider employee who went above and beyond to properly care for a fallen American flag while on his route.”
Mike has been delivering packages for several years to Gail and her family. She said that he did it without knowing that anyone was watching and because he knew it was the right thing to do. She’s very appreciative of his actions, and so is everyone else who understands what the nation’s flag represents.
Mike the Marine shows the American flag all the respect it deserves.