July 30, 2020
This morning, the Thin Blue Line flags were removed from Hingham Fire trucks at the Central Fire Station on Main Street in Hingham. The Hingham Firefighters Union Local 2398 issued the following statement surrounding the removal of the flags:
This morning at 0730 hours the members of Local 2398 were joined by members of Hingham Police, Weymouth Police, Weymouth Fire, and other first responders. We gathered on the ramp of Hingham Fire Station 1 with our trucks that have been flying the “Thin Blue Line” flags for the past few weeks. We were aware of an impending order to remove the flags from the apparatus that would be given to members on duty. We did not want to risk the chance of having these flags removed from the trucks in a disrespectful manner. The decision was made to conduct the removal of the flags on our own terms to provide the highest level of respect they deserve. Local 2398 proudly donated the flags to the Weymouth Police Department in the name of Sgt. Michael Chesna. Police officers from the night shift, who worked along side Sgt. Chesna removed the flags from our trucks to accept them from Hingham Firefighters Local 2398. The flags will be brought to Weymouth Police Headquarters where they will continue to fly with honor. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the outpouring of support from all over the country and beyond during the past week. The members of Local 2398 are profoundly appreciative of the amount of support we received. We would also like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the members of the Weymouth Police Patrolmen’s Union for assisting us with the respectful removal of the flags. We will continue our unwavering support for our brothers and sisters in law enforcement and first responders everywhere.
Hingham Firefighters Local 2398