HINGHAM (CBS) — The Thin Blue Line flags are no longer flying on fire trucks in Hingham. Members of the fire department watched as police officers removed them Thursday morning. Instead, they will make their way around the state, the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts announced Thursday evening.

The town had ordered the flags to be taken down after complaints about displaying political messages on government property. But the Hingham firefighters union refused to remove them, saying that the expression of support for police is not political and that it was a tribute to slain Weymouth Police Sgt. Michael Chesna.

The union said in a statement “we did not want to risk the chance of having these flags removed from the trucks in a disrespectful manner,” so members of the Weymouth police union did the job instead.

Police officers remove a Thin Blue Line flag in Hingham (WBZ-TV)

“It came to the point that we knew that an order for it to come down for one individual to remove the flags. We didn’t want that individual to have to take the brunt of whatever punishment came his way if he refused to do so,” said Lt. Chris Melanson.

The flags was slated to continue to fly at the Weymouth police station. However, Thursday night, the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts tweeted a letter, which said that the Thin Blue Line Flags that were on the Hingham fire trucks would be displayed on fire trucks around the state.

Read: Letter from the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts

“The thin blue line flag originally hung by Hingham Firefighters in honor of Sgt. Chesna will be making a tour around Massachusetts to be flown from fire trucks in communities that support public safety,” the letter from Rich MacKinnon Jr., president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, read.

When the tour is concluded, the flag will be presented to the Chesna family.

Comments (9)
  1. Donna McCarthy says:

    What a disgrace!!!

  2. Bill Branch says:

    And we all know that if these were banners supporting the Marxist-based BLM nonsense, they would still be displayed lest the firefighters be branded as racist.

  3. Becky says:

    This is total BS.

  4. JEANNIE says:

    I am heartbroken for all of them. This is so sad and very disheartening.

  5. Heather says:

    What a kick in the a$$ to the Chesna family. If this is going to happen, all black lives matters banners should be taken down immediately.

    1. attitudijudi says:

      I absolutely agree with you. This is BS.

  6. eTraxx says:

    I see the filthy liberal agenda proceeds. Hey Boston .. when are you going to rise .. as you did in the past .. and remove the cancer from your city?

  7. attitudijudi says:

    Whoever complained about this, SHAME ON YOU!. I hope you have some IQ to realize there are Blacks that are policemen and firemen. There is no white supremacy to this flag. You are absolutely delusional and damaged. You are slamming their profession. You can fly a BLM flag but not a flag supporting the police or fire departments. My neighborhood is full of Thin Blue Line flags. BLM Inc. is a Marxist group and that is political. People of MA and Hingham need to fight this. You give an inch they will take a mile and then you can’t stop them. Wake up America.

  8. J Allen says:

    Do any of you know the the current thin blue line symbol was created with a patent in 1993 . It was created with the intent to make license plates attached to police officers personal vehicles , and originally sold exclusively to police officers . It had no racial overtones and was created to start a business . Look it up

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