FedEx driver: ‘I’m not a hero’

Police cited 21-year-old Kelli Ebensberger of Iowa City and 23-year-old Paul Osgerby of Ames...
Police cited 21-year-old Kelli Ebensberger of Iowa City and 23-year-old Paul Osgerby of Ames for open burning, a simple misdemeanor.(KCRG)
Published: Jan. 28, 2017 at 9:27 PM CST
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The man who being labeled as an American hero who stopped a flag-burning in Iowa City says he’s no hero.

Matthew Uhrin, a Cedar Rapids man, says it was just instinct. As a veteran who served in the U.S. Army for eight years, the American flag was more than just a symbol.

A group lit a couple of U.S. flags on fire in the Ped Mall. They were protesting "republican values," which includes the controversial Dakota Access pipeline. Two were charged with open burning.

"I don't feel like I deserve the praise I never wanted it, just it's humbling you know it just it is,” Uhrin said.

Thursday, FedEx driver Matt Uhrin said he was doing his job, delivering packages when he spotted a group of people in the Ped mall taking a flame to the American flag. As a veteran he felt he had another job to do -- act.

"It really hurts when you see it disgraced and I think that's why everyone loves it the way that they do and that's why I love it,” Uhrin said.

It's been shared thousands of times-- and had nearly 8 million views on social media. People across the country are now calling Matt an American hero-- using the hashtag #FedExGuy and posting memes. Matt's favorite is one where he's been photo-shopped into a Call of Duty video game poster.

Though Matt stood up for the flag in this viral video-- He says he isn't a hero. That title should be reserved for those who died for their country.

"Each person has their own reason why they signed the dotted line. The ones that are really the heroes are the ones that are maimed, killed that never got to see home again they're the heroes,” Uhrin said.

Matt says his phone hasn't stopped ringing from people all over the place wanting to thank him, but he wants to make sure people know he's not asking for any donations.

"I want people to realize I don't have a Twitter I'm not going to be asking people for stuff, if you want to buy me a meal, If you want to buy me a beer if you want to send me gift cards or something I would rather you guys take that money and there's a plethora list of veteran charities that are so in need of money,” Uhrin said.

Fedex announced in a tweet Saturday morning that Uhrin will be keeping his job at the company.