Post Falls Police to carry American flags to honor deceased veterans

A movement to honor veterans in Post Falls is gaining momentum.

Last week, Post Falls police detectives responded to a home where a veteran died of natural causes. 

When a detective noticed the man was a Vietnam veteran, he went to a nearby Walmart and bought an American Flag to drape over the man's body before being transported to a funeral home. 

Post Falls Police Chief, Scot Haug shared the story on the department's Facebook page and it was quickly shared hundreds of times.

Sgt. Mark Brantl responded to the call and said it was heartwarming to see how much the department cares about the community. 

"It's very heartwarming to me that we have employees that are not only concerned about the welfare of the family- to make sure they understand we respect their family member," said Sgt. Mark Brantl.

"But also to take into account the veterans that have served our nation and respect them at the time of their death," said Sgt. Brantl. 

The department now hopes to have an American flag in the patrol car of every officer and detective in the event they respond to call for a deceased veteran. 

Kootenai County Fire and Rescue is also participating in the Post Falls Veteran Flag Program. 

A GoFundMe page for the effort has already raised $2,000 to purchase flags.