IOWA CITY, Iowa – FedEx is backing a driver in Iowa who stopped flag-burning protesters from desecrating American flags. The confrontation was caught on video that went viral, according to reports.
LET reported the incident that led to two individuals being cited by police for destroying the flags without a burn permit.
Praise for FedEx driver
Many on Twitter were calling the man a hero as he boldly moved in with a fire extinguisher to confront the protesters.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reported Friday that the video shows Matt Uhrin in a FedEx uniform scuffling with a small group of protesters on a pedestrian mall in Iowa City. This was after he used a fire extinguisher to save two flags from being burned.
WARNING: Video contains graphic language.
Uhrin’s action prompted praise on Twitter. It also led FedEx to issue a statement saying that he remains an employee and there were no plans to change his status, Fox & Friends reported Saturday.
On Friday FedEx said it had interviewed Uhrin.
Uhrin told the press that his actions had nothing to do with his employment. Many feared FedEx would yield to political correctness that would lead to his termination. Yet as of now, that does not appear to be the case.
Petition of support
According to the Iowa City Press-Citizen, an online petition Friday demanded that FedEx maintain Uhrin as an employee.
“Let’s make sure Matt Uhrin keeps his job at FedEx,” the petition said, according to the paper. “He was standing up for our American flag and should be commended, not punished.”
As of late Friday, the petition had collected some 3,000 signatures.
LET reported the protesters were burning the flags due to their perspectives of racial and social injustice.
Iowa City Police Sgt. Scott Gaarde confirmed two of the protesters were cited for violating Iowa City’s public burn ordinance, not for burning the American flag.