Vandals Set Hero’s Family Flags and Car On Fire


From an article on

Vandals are compounding the grief of a Tri-state soldier’s family.

Not even 24-hours after Private First Class Tim Hines’s wife and family said goodbye at his funeral, American flags that had adorned their Fairfield yard were piled beneath a car and burned.

Hines’ sister-in-law woke up to hear her car alarm around 5:30 a.m. and saw her car on fire.

As firefighters brought the fire under control they discovered a pile of around 20 American flags underneath the car.

Neighbors say Hines’ wife’s family had flags line their front yard and on the porch.

Those were taken as well as flags in neighboring yards.

Hines was injured in Iraq and flown to Walter Reed Hospital in the Washington, D.C. area, but succumbed to the injuries before he could return home.

Hines’ wife Katy is eight-months pregnant with their second child. She buried her husband on Friday.

Katy Hines had just moved back into her parents’ home and woke up to find her sister’s car consumed by flames.

Investigators believe the flags piled underneath were used to start the fire.

The flags, they say, had completley lined their yard.

“The yard was gorgeous. They had flags all the way around the front, from the street up to their porch,” said Rumley. “Whoever did this went clear up to their porch and took the flags down.”

In the meantime the American Legion and others promised Hines’ family they would have new flags by the end of the day.

Hours after the fire a donation of flags arrived at their home.

In no time, family, friends and neighbors lined the yard once again.

“I think that’s the most important things, don’t give up, do not give up. I really feel that way,” said Doris Morris, another neighbor.

More than 400 people gathered Friday in Springdale for Hines’ funeral.

They watched a slide show depicting the soldier’s life, including pictures with his first child, two-year-old Lily.

An Army general presented Hines’ mother with the medals her son earned, including a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

Shoot’ns too good for ’em. Hang’ns too good for ’em! Burnings too GOOD FOR ‘EM! I’M GONNA RIP THEM APART WITH MY BARE HANDS!!!! ARRRRRR!

‘Nuff said.

Hat Tip to The Jawa Report

Author: Brian Bonner

USAF Veteran, Disabled NYC Paramedic, Oathkeeper, U.S. History and Constitutional Scholar, Internet Talk Show Host - Independent thinking. Constitutional Conservative, living off-grid in the Mountains of Montana - The Constitution is The Solution!

5 thoughts on “Vandals Set Hero’s Family Flags and Car On Fire”

  1. Yes, I reported that information. But, I still want to know what kind of society, and parents raise teenagers that would tear down American Flags and then place them under a car and lite them on fire?

    I would also like to know if they knew who they were doing it too, which would only make it worse.


  2. I have to retract the above – the story needs to die … the perpetrators were two teen boys, apparently 13 and 15. The Hines family has forgiven them so I can do no less. It was a terrible, thoughtless act though and one can only wonder what prompted it.


  3. I don’t want this story to quietly die. Where are Kennedy and Durbin, quick to denounce Abu Graib and Gitmo yet silent here? Where is Fox News, CNN, MSNBC? This vandalism was a hate crime and a misdirected political statement by … an American. Shame on us for not doing more to denounce it.


  4. My daughter, a combat medic with 86th CSH, Baghdad, helped treat this soldier … she and her co-soldiers are devastated by his death and the vandalism at his family’s home. I echo the desire to rip the vandals apart with my bear hands … and a “fatwa” on them.


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