Firefighters Remove Blue Line Flag Over ‘Extremist’ Fears

Firefighters remove American Bllue Line flag at orders of Chief

Firefighters remove American Bllue Line flag at orders of Chief

Firefighters Remove Blue Line Flag Over ‘Extremist’ Fears

One of our hose-dragging compatriots in Riverside County, California put an American Blue Line Flag on the back of one of their fire trucks to show support for law enforcement. We are touched by firefighter Eric Hille’s desire to support law enforcement by displaying this flag. Hille’s chief, however, doesn’t think that it’s such a good idea, and he ordered the removal of the flag. The chief was apparently concerned that it would make the Fire Department a more visible target for terrorists who wanted to attack law enforcement.

Way to let the terrorists win there, Chief.

Eric Hille made this post about the incident:

Word traveled fast in our fire department that Station 48 was ordered to remove the Thin Blue Line off the door and Thin Blue Line Flag off our fire engine immediately. The intentions of the flag and stripe, was to show support for the fallen police officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas. The flag was only going to be flown for 3 days for 3 fallen Police Officer in Baton Rouge LA.

The order to remove the Thin Blue Line Flag from what we were told came from above the Division Chief rank, the Battalion Chief that had to deliver the message was just following orders, as we followed his to remove the flag. I have the highest respect for this Battalion Chief and I have always respected this Chief since I have come to Riverside County. He supported us, and he is a “Fireman’s Chief”. So to everyone, it came from above him, he was just following orders. Not only were we advised to remove the flag and stripe off the door, I was also asked by the department that they would like all the pictures removed from social media and my personal Facebook account. As you can tell, the pictures are still posted and will remain posted to show our support for our Brothers & Sisters in Blue.

For the short time we had the flag and stripe on the engine we received a lot of appreciation for many Riverside Sherriff Deputies that we met at County Hospital and out on calls, along with two LAPD Officers that we met at Loma Linda Hospital that where visiting an injured motorcycle officer. They were all so thankful that we where showing our support for them and wanted to shake our hands to say “Thank You” to us. We received Thank You’s from many other people including AMR Crews, our own firefighter and our own ECC.

Now I want to say THANK YOU to all that have voiced their frustrations over us being ordered to remove the Thin Blue Line Flag and Stripe. I find it heart breaking that we are not allowed to show our support for our Brothers and Sisters in Blue in the event of the recent tragedies of all the Police Officers that have been killed in the line of duty. We can’t shroud our badges or even lower our station flags to half-staff, and this is just simply heart breaking.

The only negative thing I will say right now about our top Chiefs is, is that I wish you where this fast to respond to me when I was in the hospital after getting stuck by a car while one duty, I wish you where this fast to respond when I needed my EIDL / Injury benefits approved by the department, which are still denied. I wish you had taken the initiative to visit me in the hospital or at home during the 6 ½ month I was off recovering to see how me and my family where doing. Yesterday was 1 year to the day from me getting hit…. and I still have not heard from any of you.

To end this, I have added the original post that was made on Facebook to show our support for our Brothers and Sisters in Blue, To all Law Enforcement, We have your back, and stand shoulder to shoulder with you. I have also attached the two photo’s individually for you to share and a screen shot our ECC sent us telling us how proud they where of what we did. Please share this post and Please share the pictures, THANK YOU to all that have made the picture of the flag on the rear of the engine your profile picture.

Thank You Everyone for your Support to Station 48.

Eric Hille's original post about flying the American Blue Line flag.

Eric Hille’s original post about flying the American Blue Line flag.

 

Thank you Eric for your unwavering support.

 

  • Denise

    Sad! I like the word “extremists” when we all know it is the rabid BlackLivesMatter losers that will attack anyone over a thin Bluer Line flag! We stand with you and thank you!

  • Denise

    I meant “Blue” You need an edit feature for people like me that are in too much of a hurry to check before we hit enter. ;-))