Maryland FedEx driver praised for stopping to fold fallen flags

Ferndale residents are thanking their FedEx driver for making an unplanned stop to fold their fallen flag after it went down on a windy day earlier this week. (video courtesy of Gail Cook)

A Ferndale family is thanking their FedEx driver for making an unplanned stop to fold their American flag after it went down on a windy day this week.

Although driver Mike King wasn’t delivering any packages to Gail Cook’s house, he stopped on Wednesday when he saw her flagpole was laying across her lawn.


A Ravens flag and an American flag were attached to the pole and on the ground.

When Cook got home, she found the flags neatly folded on her front porch — the American flag was creased in a proper triangular fold, with the Ravens flag beneath it. When she reviewed video footage from her home security camera to find out how they got there, she saw King stop to pick up the flags and fold them.

“He was just driving by and stopped,” Cook said. “He’s a former marine and for him to do that, it was just so nice of him.”

“He was a great commander, role model and officer,” Carey, a retired colonel who was the guest speaker at American Legion Post 39’s Veterans Day ceremony Sunday at Bel Air Memorial Gardens.

Other cars drove by before King stopped, she said.

King has been delivering packages for several years to Cook, 44, who lives in Ferndale with her husband and two children, she said.

“He did this not knowing anyone was watching — he just did it because it’s the right thing to do,” Cook said. “And we just really appreciate that he took the time to do that for us.”

FedEx praised King in a statement.

“FedEx Ground is proud of the many contributions our team members and vendors make to our local communities every day,” the statement said. “We commend the patriotic actions of Mike King, a service provider employee who went above and beyond to properly care for a fallen American flag while on his route.”

King could not be reached for comment.