Last Thursday, a uniformed FedEx employee did not like what he saw at a protest in Iowa City, and did something about it.
Matt Uhrin, a parcel carrier with the delivery giant, came upon a group of people reportedly protesting racial and social injustice, and doing so, in part by variously “desecrating and burning American flags,” according to a report on the incident by Fox News.
As the group was working to set the flags alight, Uhrin rushes into the scene with a fire extinguisher to put out the fires.
Although Uhrin quickly found himself in a tense confrontation with the protesters, he managed to rescue some of the at-risk flags.
At one point, the driver felt compelled to turn the fire extinguisher on one of the protesters who attempted to retrieve one of the flags Uhrin had grabbed from the group.
As video of the confrontation and flag rescue went viral, many people, anticipating that a large company like FedEx might feel compelled, in this politically correct national climate, to fire or otherwise take harsh disciplinary measures against Uhrin, quickly let FedEx know through its various social media platforms that they expected the company to stand by their man.
As it turns out, that’s just what FedEx has decided to do.
On Saturday, FedEx conveyed the following message on its Facebook and Twitter accounts:
“We have reviewed the matter in Iowa City involving driver Matt Uhrin. He remains a FedEx employee & we have no plans to change his status.”
And there you go.
As for the protesters, two were arrested by the police for violating the city’s ordinance against public burning without a permit.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large