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Peril and patriotism

Josh Edelson / AFP – Getty Images

This time of year the media like to post galleries of “the year in pictures” — their collections of the best photojournalism from throughout the year. I always enjoy the great photography, but after going through several galleries, the photos tend to start blending together.

This one, however, stood out. I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I was so appreciative, so inspired and uplifted by these firefighters who thought to pause and save an American flag from the oncoming flames.

(This photo is from the gallery posted at The firefighters are Steven Baldock, Kristopher Garayalde, and Scott Crumrine. The fire was in Oroville, Calif., on July 8. Not lost on me is the fact that the photographer, Josh Edelson, was obviously right there with the firefighters.)



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