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First responder rescues American flag from Irma on 9/11

As thousands of Floridians are still recovering from the wreckage of Hurricane Irma, one first responder made a pit stop for patriotism on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Joseph Schiavo, 42, is a Coral Springs firefighter and medic who was with his SWAT medical team leading rescue efforts on Monday when they came across an American flag on the ground.

'We saw the red, white, and blue all curled up laying on the ground, and just thought, "we can't leave it there",'Schiavo said. 

That's when he got out of the BearCat armored vehicle, fully dressed in military attire, to rescue the flag from the rain and heavy winds.

Joseph Schiavo, 42, rescued an American flag while on a rescue mission to aide Hurricane Irma victims in Florida

He and his team saw the American flag on the ground on Monday, the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

Joseph Schiavo, 42, rescued an American flag while on a rescue mission to aide Hurricane Irma victims in Florida. He and his team saw the American flag on

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