Residents report receiving a text message promoting a t-shirt emblazoned with the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department patch along with the statement "Stand for the flag, kneel for the fallen." The shirt includes the image of a distraught firefighter kneeling, head down.
The unsolicited text messages link to trendshirtprime.com, where the "Stand for the flag, kneel for the fallen" shirt is listed for $29.55.
The Berlin Volunteer Fire Department wishes to make it known: "This t-shirt is not being sold as a department fundraiser." In a Jan. 15 Facebook post, the BVFD wrote: "We would like to make the public aware that the sale of this t-shirt is not affiliated with or condoned by the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department."
According to published reports, fire departments throughout the country are dealing with this t-shirt scam.