CORDOVA —As the son of a former Richmond County sheriff’s deputy, and a former Cordova firefighter himself for over a decade, Joey Lisk Jr. wanted to show his support for all emergency services. So he ran it up the flag pole.
Lisk recently purchased a pole and two flags from online — one an American flag with the thin blue line, the other featuring the thin red line. Each represents law enforcement and firemen who put their lives on the line everyday, as well as for those who have been lost in the line of duty.
“It’s to show support for them, especially now when a lot of people are against law enforcement,” said Lisk. “This day and time with everything going on, the law enforcement needs to know the community is still with them. We’re still behind them.”
He said a lot of people that ride by don’t know what the flags are or what they stand for. He’s even had instances of curious residents stopping by and knocking on his door to find out. Lisk is hoping now they’ll know.
What started with a thin blue line on a post in his front yard quickly spun into the new flagstaff. Eventually he wants to add two more flag poles to accompany the existing one in his yard — one with the American and North Carolina flag and another with the Christian flag and Gadsden flag, which is known for being yellow with a coiled rattlesnake and reads “Don’t Tread On Me.”
But Lisk isn’t the only person in Richmond County to show his support for firefighters and boys in blue.
Mark Buckeridge, who — along with his wife Donna — owns the Ellerbe Springs Inn, and anyone who has ventured out to the property can see the thin blue and red flags waving at the front gate.
Buckeridge, who was a fireman in Maryland for 12 years, said a friend sent him the thin red flag. He then purchased the blue flag out of respect for his friend’s younger brother who was a Baltimore city police officer and was murdered in the line of duty.
“I’ve lost good friends in the fire department,” he said. “It just seemed appropriate.”
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