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ELWOOD, Neb. (KNOP) – The family, friends and community of deceased Fire Chief Darren Krull of Elwood came together Monday in Krull’s honor. At the Elwood Civic Center in Elwood, in a 10 a.m. ceremony, the community stood in silence as local law enforcement and The Honor Network Founder and President Chris Heisler shared the very special story behind the American Flag of Honor, before presenting it to Chief Krull’s family. to have.

American Flag of Honor ceremony for the family of Fire Chief Darren Krull.(Melanie Standiford)

The American Flag of Honor has been ground zero to honor the victims of 9/11. He has traveled to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. He has traveled millions of miles, including several trips around the Earth in 2011 aboard the space shuttle Atlantis. And now it’s in Elwood, Nebraska. Although it was hand-delivered at thousands of funerals and memorial services, it was only given on very special occasions, and only to America’s heroes of law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical services and the United States Armed Forces.

American Flag of Honor ceremony for the family of Fire Chief Darren Krull.
American Flag of Honor ceremony for the family of Fire Chief Darren Krull.(Melanie Standiford)
American Flag of Honor ceremony for the family of Fire Chief Darren Krull.
American Flag of Honor ceremony for the family of Fire Chief Darren Krull.(Melanie Standiford)
American Flag of Honor ceremony for the family of Fire Chief Darren Krull.
American Flag of Honor ceremony for the family of Fire Chief Darren Krull.(Melanie Standiford)

And while the reason for his visit is devastating, it is important, Heisler says, and even necessary, to honor the service and sacrifice of these men and women who rush forward fearlessly in the face of danger.

Fire Chief Darren Krull has spent years rushing into danger to keep others safe. His time as a firefighter was over 37 years. Most recently, he was a firefighter in Gosper County for the Elwood Volunteer Fire Department. Chief Krull’s aunt said she was grateful to The Honor Network for bringing the American Flag of Honor to honor her nephew.

Deb Wells said a man walked through the receiving line Monday at the ceremony. She said he told her that Chief Krull had saved her life. The man told him he knew he had to come so he could tell the family what Chief Krull had meant to him. Deb Wells said the ceremony was very special.

Two of Chief Krull’s uncles traveled to Elwood to attend the ceremony and attend their nephew’s funeral, scheduled for Wednesday. They say they are “very proud of Darren”. Arizona’s Bob Wells is grateful to everyone who remembers his nephew in such a special way. Omaha’s Chuck Wells hopes others will recognize those who “run into trouble” to help others.

Chuck Wells shared a childhood memory of Chief Krull.

American Flag of Honor ceremony for the family of Fire Chief Darren Krull.
American Flag of Honor ceremony for the family of Fire Chief Darren Krull.(Melanie Standiford)
American Flag of Honor ceremony for the family of Fire Chief Darren Krull.  (Darren's uncles, Chuck Wells...
American Flag of Honor ceremony for the family of Fire Chief Darren Krull. (Darren’s uncles, Chuck Wells from the Omaha area and Bob Wells from Mesa, Arizona).(Melanie Standiford)

Heisler said it was an incredible opportunity to honor Chief Krull. This man served as a firefighter for 37 years, selflessly serving his community for years, and then came to Elwood with that same selfless service without hesitation.

American Flag of Honor ceremony for the family of Fire Chief Darren Krull.
American Flag of Honor ceremony for the family of Fire Chief Darren Krull.(Melanie Standiford)
Chris Heisler, Founder and President of The Honor Network
Chris Heisler, Founder and President of The Honor Network(Melanie Standiford)
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Flags at half mast for Chief Krull.(Melanie Standiford)

During the ceremony, Gosper County law enforcement removed the flag from its holster. They took turns holding it gently above their hearts. Officers showed it to those present, rotated the flag, saluted the flag, and replaced the upright flag in its case for all to see. Special gloves are worn whenever it is handled as part of the ceremony, and to keep oils out of the flag. Gloves are worn only once. After the presentation, the gloves are often given to the family as a memento of the honorable occasion. Chief Krull’s wife received two pairs of gloves.

American Flag of Honor ceremony for the family of Fire Chief Darren Krull.
American Flag of Honor ceremony for the family of Fire Chief Darren Krull.(Melanie Standiford)
American Flag of Honor ceremony for the family of Fire Chief Darren Krull.
American Flag of Honor ceremony for the family of Fire Chief Darren Krull.(Melanie Standiford)

The funeral of Fire Chief Darren Krull is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elwood.

American Flag of Honor ceremony for the family of Fire Chief Darren Krull.
American Flag of Honor ceremony for the family of Fire Chief Darren Krull.(Melanie Standiford)

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