BREAKING NEWS Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87 Full Story
BREAKING NEWS North Complex: New local assistance center to open Sept. 22 for Butte County evacuees Full Story
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Stolen flag raised in fallen soldier's honor has been found

An American flag raised in a fallen soldier's honor that was stolen over the weekend has been returned.The per...

Posted: Feb 8, 2018 2:21 AM
Updated: Feb 8, 2018 2:21 AM

An American flag raised in a fallen soldier's honor that was stolen over the weekend has been returned.

The person who found it works at Skyland Discount Drugs on Government Boulevard. That's about half a mile from the Sky Ranch subdivision where the flagpole is located.

"It was the end of last week... I was coming into work and we noticed it on top of our Coke machine outside. We brought it in hoping someone would come looking for it... It was a very nice flag and then last night I was watching the news and saw the story and just kind of put two and two and two together," said Cindy Rohm, Skyland Drugs Pharmacy.

Rohm called FOX 10 News and we were able to reunite Cote's family with the American flag. After inspecting it they were able to confirm it was theirs. They say not only is the same size, but it was purchased at Alabama Flag and Banner where they purchased the flag late last year.

The flag was raised in memory of Army Specialist Michael Cote', who was killed when a Blackhawk crashed in Iraq on September 19, 2009. His 8-year-old daughter Brooke clung tight to the flag after picking it up at Skyland Drugs. The family's tears have now turned to smiles.

"We are absolutely elated. I never had any idea that it would come to this conclusion," said Paul Edmondson, Cote's father-in-law.

Wasting no time, they were proudly raising it back up within the hour. They all agree the red, white, and blue never looked so good.

"We never dreamed that we would be here today with this outcome and all I can do is say the news media is what brought it around for us I believe... Okay - bottom line. Thanks," said Edmondson.

For little Brooke, she's just glad her daddy's flag is back where it belongs.

"The feeling was like the flag is up now... And we don't have to search for it anymore... It's just not going to be gone anymore... It's part of the neighborhood," said Brooke.

Serving as a symbol freedom and the cost that comes with it -- it's taking on a whole new meaning for those now connected to the flag.

"Because I drive home that way... And now I will most definitely look over and see it fly," said Kohm.

After the story aired Monday night, Cote's family says they were flooded with veterans and others in the community wanting to replace the flag.

Alabama Congressman Bradley Byrne also saw the story on FOX10 News. After it aired, his office sent an email offering the family a flag that has flown over the U.S. Capitol.

"Hey Lee: The Congressman saw your story on the Edmondson family and their missing flag. He called them this afternoon to let them know he will be sending them a new flag that has flown over the U.S. Capitol in memory of their son-in-law. We obviously can't replace the stolen flag, but the Congressman wanted to make sure they had an appropriate replacement! - Seth Morrow, Deputy Chief of Staff/Communications Director, Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)"

Meanwhile, the subdivision's garden club is looking into surveillance options moving forward.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 775037

Reported Deaths: 14804
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2572716324
Riverside563741143
San Bernardino51467839
Orange513991115
San Diego43619754
Kern31076340
Fresno27381348
Sacramento20961371
Alameda20162365
Santa Clara19891295
San Joaquin19701407
Stanislaus16150325
Contra Costa15544197
Tulare15486255
Ventura12073141
Imperial11457310
San Francisco1056991
San Mateo9332142
Monterey919765
Santa Barbara8785109
Merced8692131
Kings715877
Sonoma6827114
Marin6505111
Solano605455
Madera427058
Placer338541
San Luis Obispo331627
Yolo272153
Butte270433
Santa Cruz21088
Sutter162110
Napa158713
San Benito126010
Yuba11087
El Dorado10544
Mendocino81718
Lassen7300
Shasta66114
Glenn5473
Colusa4996
Nevada4975
Tehama4853
Humboldt4826
Lake43310
Calaveras30513
Amador28616
Tuolumne2163
Inyo18714
Mono1632
Siskiyou1590
Del Norte1351
Mariposa752
Plumas490
Modoc230
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 81°
Oroville
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 84°
Paradise
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 81°
Chester
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 70°
Red Bluff
Few Clouds
82° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 82°
Willows
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 81°
Much better air quality, elevated fire danger, cooler temperatures, and the potential for showers are all ahead for your Friday. We'll be dry and warmer for your last weekend of the summer season.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events