Fire department teams up to repair flagpole

Firefighters help raise the flag at the American Legion in Cannon Beach.

The Cannon Beach American Legion was not able to escape the high winds of February and a “Mayday” call for help was issued. The U.S. flag was torn from the halyard and the line separated crashing to the ground hardware and all.

Post Commander Dan O’Reilly reports the Cannon Beach Fire Department reported for duty on Feb. 23. Captain Matt Gardner, Lieutenants Mike Johnson, and Steve Moon teamed up to re-fly Old Glory. The ladder was extended, Captain Matt scaled, and together, under the watchful eye of American Legion House Chairman Pat Hegrenes, they replaced the halyard and repaired the attaching hardware. Once again the flag snapped in the wind and displayed the Stars and Stripes.

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