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May 27, 2016 2:13 PM

Firefighters replace Nashua WWII vet's stolen American flag, pole

NASHUA — Just in time for Memorial Day, a 91-year-old World War II veteran from New Hampshire has an American flag flying in his yard once again, thanks to local firefighters.

Members of the Nashua Fire Department took up a collection and replaced the flag and flag pole stolen six weeks ago from Richard Chasse's property on Thursday.

Chasse had told some firefighter friends about the theft.

“They just came over and said, 'Hey were putting a flag in,'" he told NH1 News. "We’re all family. I don’t have to worry about them coming to take it.”

Assistant Chief Brian Rhodes says the fire company felt that they couldn't let a member of the greatest generation commemorate Memorial Day without a flag, especially since Chasse was in the fire department for 36 years.

Firefighter Cy Hebert says that although no one in the department worked with Chasse, they are all very close with him.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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