Lake City Fire Department receives new flag from Camping World

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LAKE CITY, Fla. (WCJB)-- A store in north central Florida decided to help those who always help others.

Camping World donated a flag to the Lake City Fire Department after it was damaged this summer during a funeral service.

“I was in awe—not something that I expected,” said Josh Wehinger, Lake City Fire Department Asst. Chief. “I thought it would be split. I thought we should have to pay some of it. They told us that they will take care of everything."

The flag was damaged during the funeral service of Chief James Sommers of Suwannee County Fire Rescue in August.

The flag was unable to be repaired and Camping World decided to donate a new flag to the department.

“We definitely love our flag and wanted to help him in any way that we could,” said Corry Lee, Camping World General Manager. “We sent it out and it wasn’t able to be prepared. So I just felt compelled to help him out and wanted to give him a new flag.”

The JROTC program from Columbia High School along with Camping World employees and firefighters assisted in putting the 30 ft. by 60 ft. flag in a wooden box that was built by the American Legion a few years ago.

“It’s a very big flag,” Wehinger said. “It took a lot of people, a lot of us to put our hands on it to get it put back in our box here. We keep it safe and always ready to be used."

The flag is usually used for funerals but Wehinger said after speaking to the sergeant of the JROTC program he is considering to use it during high school football games when the national anthem is being played.