In North Carolina, a volunteer fire department has refused to stop flying the Confederate flag, so the city has issued an ultimatum:  take down the flag or lose full funding.

11 Alive reports:

There’s a Confederate flag battle going on in a small town in Montgomery County.

The Uwharrie Volunteer Fire Department has been proudly flying the Confederate flag on fire station property for years.

“The flag is not hurting a thing,” said Lee Hudson with the Uwharrie Volunteer Fire Department. “We are not a racist department. We are not in any way. Members or the department as a whole.”

Firefighters say the Confederate flag represents history and heritage.

Montgomery County Commissioners, however, say the Confederate flag is divisive.

“The Board of Commissioners stated their position, that they did think the flag was inappropriate and requested for the fire department to take it down,” said Montgomery County Manager Matthew Woodard.

The Board of Commissioners sent firefighters a letter on Tuesday.

It’s an ultimatum to either remove the Confederate flag or lose full funding.

The Board of Commissioners say firefighters will only receive money for fuel and maintenance for two county-owned fire trucks.

Firefighters could ultimately miss out on $20,000 and the possibility of a new fire truck that’s worth $400,000.

. . . . “We would love to work with the County and for them to support us,” said Hudson. “But, we’re not going to move on the issue of taking down the flag.”

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