Jeremy Fischer: Garbage collector's patriotic deed goes viral

SHERWOOD, Ore. - A trash collector in Oregon is getting noticed after a woman saw his simple gesture of respect and kindness. 

Jeremy Fischer is a trash collector.  This week, he spotted something more important than typical garbage.

"That wasn't really trash," explained Jeremy Fischer. 

A flag was along his route, discarded.

"There's a lot of sacrifice, a lot of hope, a lot of other stuff that is the American flag. I figured since so many people have died for that the least I could do was pick it up," he said.

Fischer's garbage truck has cameras that are always rolling, but when he picked up the flag, he never told anybody about his deed.  He also didn't know Nancy Neet was watching.

"I was looking out my window up here and I saw him carefully folding the flag over the garbage can and I thought wow he's going to fold it military style," she explained.

"Folding it once, and then he kind of unwrapped it. Then he started folding it again."

The moment took Neet by surprise, she was moved at what she saw.

"I felt in my heart it was such a moment that nobody else was seeing."

Neet posted to the Pride Disposal company facebook page about what she had witnessed.

"No one else saw this going on except me and God. And I shared this story several times. Thank you Mr. Garbage man. May God bless you."

Neet never met Fischer, nor did the neighbor who got her flag back.  The owner was delighted that the flag had been returned. 

"Honestly if I had my way I wouldn't be on tv," Fischer said.

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