WESTPORT, Conn. — Westport Fire Department Firefighter James “Doc” Branson recently returned from a 375-day deployment to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan with the U.S. Marines as an adviser with Security Cooperation Team-Jordan.
The Fire Department celebrated his return by taking down the “Blue Star Flag” which flew at Westport Fire Headquarters during his time overseas. Branson returned to duty with the department this week.
Branson is a Navy Corpsman and medic for the Marines and a medical advisor to the Jordanian Armed Forces. He helped train some of the first tactical medics in the Jordanian Armed Forces.
“I am excited and thankful to home with my wife and family, which includes my brothers and sisters at the Westport Fire Department,'' Branson said.
“Looking up and seeing that flag reminded us of James on a daily basis and of the sacrifices he was making for us all. We are blessed to have him home again,” Chief Andrew Kingsbury said.
The Service flag, also called the Blue Star Flag, is an official banner authorized by the Department of Defense for display by families who have members serving in the Armed Forces during any period of war or hostilities in which the United States may be engaged. The Service flag may also be displayed by an organization to honor the members of that organization serving during a period of war or hostilities. Each blue star on the flag represents a service member in active duty.
Since 2001 the Westport Fire Department has had six members serve on active military duty.