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Photo of Texas officer battling hurricane to rescue Old Glory goes viral

Officer Jack McCarty of the Aransas Pass Police Department battles Hurricane Harvey to rescue an American flag.
Officer Jack McCarty of the Aransas Pass Police Department battles Hurricane Harvey to rescue an American flag. Aransas Pass Police Department

A photo of a Texas police officer rescuing an American flag as Hurricane Harvey rages has gone viral.

The Aransas Pass Police Department, just east of Corpus Christi on the Texas coastline, posted the photo Friday showing Officer Jack McCarty battling rain and high winds to pull down the flag. “While some dishonor and desecrate her, APPD Ofc. Jack McCarty will stop at nothing to honor and save her,” reads the post.

While some dishonor and desecrate her, APPD Ofc. Jack McCarty will stop at nothing to honor and save her. #GodBlessAmerica #HurricaneHarvey

Posted by Aransas Pass Police Department on Friday, August 25, 2017

As of Sunday morning, the post had 6,000 likes, 5,500 shares and more than 200 comments.

Rescuers battling heavy downpours plucked hundreds of people from rising floodwaters left Sunday in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, answering desperate calls for help all along the ravaged Texas coastline where at least two people were killed and up to 14 injured.

Anxiety ran high throughout the region between Corpus Christi and Houston because some of the most devastated areas were inaccessible to rescuers. And the forecast for days of steady rain threatened to inundate the region’s flat landscape, including Houston, with as much as 40 inches.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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