• NEWS-JOURNAL PHOTO/BRANDON ROBERTS Quality Plus Apparel in Bakersville recently donated this 15-by-25-foot American Flag to the Bakersville Fire Department. Pictured, from left, is Bakersville Fire Department Captain Brian Brewer, assistant chief Andy Brewer, chief Ashley Beam and Quality Plus Apparel Vice President and co-owner Wes Brewer.
    NEWS-JOURNAL PHOTO/BRANDON ROBERTS Quality Plus Apparel in Bakersville recently donated this 15-by-25-foot American Flag to the Bakersville Fire Department. Pictured, from left, is Bakersville Fire Department Captain Brian Brewer, assistant chief Andy Brewer, chief Ashley Beam and Quality Plus Apparel Vice President and co-owner Wes Brewer.

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Local business donates flag to Bakersville VFD
10 RULES FOR DISPLAYING THE AMERICAN FLAG ON FIRE APPARATUS 1. Only one flag is authorized to fly on a fire truck. 2. The flag should never be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle. 3. When the flag is displayed on a vehicle, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender. 4. Displaying a torn or tattered flag is not permitted. 5. The flag may only be displayed at night if it’s illuminated by light. 6. If the flag is flying in a parade with other flags, ensure the flag is positioned to marchers’ right. 7. If a flag is displayed on a float in a parade, it must be displayed by a staff. 8. The flag should not be subject to harsh weather conditions. 9. The flag should not be placed with something attached to it and it should not be touching the ground. 10. If a flag is hung between two aerial rigs, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.

When the Bakersville Fire Department needed a new American Flag, a local business owner took it upon himself to get one.

The new 15-by-25-foot flag purchased for the department by Wes Brewer, vice president and co-owner of Quality Plus Apparel in Bakersville, was unveiled this past Thursday hanging on the end of the BVFD’s 107-foot ladder.

“It’s for them to use at their discretion,” Brewer, who co-owns Quality Plus Apparel with Sam Cook, said. “They can use it at local events and during other things going on in town – just whatever they see fit to use it for.”

BVFD Chief Ashley Beam said the flag is a welcome addition.

“When you hang a 5-by-7 flag on a 107-foot ladder, it doesn’t exactly look right,” he said. “We needed a new one.”

Brewer said discussions about a buying a new flag began shortly after the department purchased its new ladder truck.

“We like to give back to the community,” he said. “We support Troutacular, fireworks displays and other local events throughout the year.”

Quality Plus Apparel donating the flag is not a gesture that is out of the ordinary, Beam said.

“We’re next door neighbors and Quality Plus has always been really good to the fire department,” he said. “A new flag would have definitely been something that would have taken a long time for us to get if we would’ve gotten it ourselves.”

Quality Plus Apparel does clothing re-inspection and repair. It opened in 2007 and has around a dozen employees.

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