By Beth David, Editor
The Fairhaven Police Department got a pleasant surprise and show of support recently when Michael Ouimette donated a hand-made wooden flag for the station.
According to Sgt. Kevin Kobza, Mr. Ouimette came up with the idea and donated the flag on his own.
The flag is on the wall where both officers and residents will see it when they walk into the station from the lobby.
“We wanted it to be the first thing people saw when they enter the station,” said Sgt. Kobza in an email. “Other areas may become home to it at some point, but that’s where we decided to initially place it.”
The flag is entirely made of wood, has 13 stripes, stained with three different colors, one being blue for…well, you know; and 50 stars.
Mr. Ouimette said he saw the flags online and how well received they were by people. He graduated from carpentry at NB Voc-Tech “years ago,” he said, and thought the would try making one. He made one other for his workplace.
Mr. Ouimette was a part time police officer in Fairhaven until he got hurt at another job, he said. He built life-long relationships with the people in the Fairhaven PD.
“They always treated me great,” he said, adding that they always had a lot of “mutual respect and great relationships.
The stripes are all individual strips of wood that are burned to get a certain look and stained.
“You can see the grain in the wood,” said Mr. Ouimette.
The stars are stenciled in.
“I built it and donated it to show my appreciation, and how much they meant to me over the years,” he said.
“This is a beautiful gift that reflects the pride the Fairhaven Police Department takes in the service we provide to our community,” said Sgt. Kobza. “Mr. Ouimette, who was one of our part time Officers, custom built this piece by hand and generously donated it to us to display to the public we serve. We are very thankful to him for his service to our department.”
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