FedEx driver will keep job after breaking up flag burning

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- FedEx says the driver who broke up an American flag burning in Iowa City will keep his job.

Police cited 21-year-old Kelli Ebensberger of Iowa City and 23-year-old Paul Osgerby of Ames for open burning, a simple misdemeanor.

The delivery company tweeted about it on its corporate account, Saturday morning.

“We have reviewed the matter in Iowa City involving driver Matt Uhrin,” said the tweet. “He remains a FedEx employee & we have no plans to change his status."

Uhrin came upon the Ped Mall protest on Thursday. He put out the flames with a fire extinguisher and snatched the flags away from protestors.

Police cited two of the protestors, 21-year-old Kelli Ebensberger of Iowa City and 23-year-old Paul Osgerby of Ames for open burning, a simple misdemeanor.

The group said they were protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline and a variety of other issues.

"Whether it's the pipeline or criminalizing protesting on freeways or roadways that are 55 miles per hour,” said Ebensberger, Thursday. “We're not going to stand around and let it happen."

According to a police report, officers saw Osgerby setting fire to a U.S. flag Ebensberger was holding. The pair did not have a permit from the fire department for a fire.

Ebensberger and Osgerby are due in court February 23.