SANTA MARIA, Calif. - When World War II veteran Richard Perkins dislocated his arm from his socket, fire crews from the Santa Maria Fire Station 2 had to cut off his Honor Flight jacket to treat his injuries.
During the emergency, family members said the 91-year-old was more upset about his torn jacket than the injury.
This week the Honor Flight team joined forces with the fire department, parked a fire truck in front of his house and delivered the veteran a new Honor Flight jacket.
“I'm really happy and really proud. I’m proud to be an American,” Perkins said.
Board member Jay Conner of the Honor Flight said getting the call from the fire department made for a unique opportunity where the firefighters, the veteran and the Honor Flight were all able to come together.
“This is a full circle. Everyone coming together and serving one another. This is a special story,” Conner said.
Perkins said he is grateful to everyone involved in delivering his new jacket.