Canyon PD officers to serve as pallbearers for WWII Veteran who had flag stolen in 2016

WWII Veteran Blaine Hufnagle passed away in Lubbock on Jan. 8, 2018. His funeral is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 16. Officers with the Canyon Police Department will serve as pallbearers for the funeral. (Photo: Canyon Police Department)

A Canyon WWII Veteran whom Canyon police officers befriended after his American flag was stolen in 2016, has died.

In late October, 2016, WWII Veteran Blaine Hufnagle had his American flag stolen. He went to CPD to report the theft and was very upset.

While at the Department, Hufnagle struck up a conversation with officers about his time in the military. He shared many stories and was very humble, CPD said. Hufnagle said that he was to be awarded the medal of Knight in the French Order of the Legion of Honor in recognition of his contribution to the Liberation of France during WWII. He was scheduled to accept the award in Austin on Nov. 11, 2017.

CPD said officers were not able to find the stolen flag but pitched in to buy Hufnagle a new one. Officers then paid a visit to Hufnagle's home and presented him with the new flag. Officers said he held back tears as he thanked them. Hufnagle then shared more stories and showed the officers some of his memorabilia.

On Thursday, Jan. 11, a post on the CPD Facebook page stated Hufnagle had died.

"Canyon Police Department officers were honored to meet World War II Veteran Blaine Hufnagle in 2016," the post stated.

Officers with CPD will serve as pallbearers for Hufnagle's funeral, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. at the University Church of Christ.

According to the obituary, Hufnagle passed away in Lubbock on Monday.

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