PHOTO: Firefighters pull American flag from Ellicott City flood debris

- Amid the damage left behind by severe flooding in Ellicott City, there are signs of strength-- and one of those signs is getting a lot of support on social media.

Two first responders from the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services were helping with the flood recovery on Main Street Sunday when one of them saw an American flag lying in the mud just inside one of the stores. According to a post on the Howard County Government Facebook page, he immediately tried to pick it up off the floor, but discovered it was tangled in the debris.

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When the second man saw what was happening, he tried to help. The two were able to free the flag, but they weren't finished.

Both men stepped outside the store, and proceeded to fold the flag. That's when this photo was taken.

It was posted to the Howard County Government Facebook page on Monday morning, and by 6 pm, it had been shared over 1,700 times. Here are some of the 150+ comments:

"Prayers going out for all the families, first responders, and volunteers. It isn't easy to deal with the aftermath of a crisis, but that is when you find out what you are truly made of. These two guys are a great example to us all! I am proud of them and proud to be an American!"

"You guys are excellent example for all citizens. So proud!! Praying for future recovery efforts. So fond of historical Ellicott City! Heartbreaking!!"

"Symbol of what is great about America the UNITED States. May this symbol ever wave over a nation dedicated to/founded on 'freedom & justice for ALL.'"

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