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North Sioux City man uses creativity skills to make unique flag honoring fallen firefighters

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Thin Red Line Flag

NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (KTIV) -- One first responder in North Sioux City, South Dakota is using his creative skills to give back to his brothers and sisters in the department.

Firefighter and emergency medical crew member Joe Pham got inspired to create his own Thin Red Line flag to hang inside the North Sioux City Fire Department.

It's made out of old fire hoses, which he said he painted by hand and strung together, to create the black and white American flag with one red stripe. Pham says the red line represents many of his brothers and sisters.

"It represents injured firefighters and line of duty deaths as well. I just wanted to make something, I had that gut feeling that I wanted to make something for the station, something more decorative for around here that shows respect," said Pham.

Pham says the flag took about four days and around eight hours each day to make.

But he said he did get some help from his fellow first responders with some of the flag-making process.

"I was kind of a bit more challenging because you think you can google it and find the instructions, but no not really! For the 50 stars, I went to Hobby Lobby and got some cut-outs of it and traced it and painted it, which is very tedious to paint," said Pham.

Pham says he is proud of the outcome and hopes his creation can show his appreciation and respect toward his fellow brothers and sisters.

Libbie Randall

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