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San Diego woman finds commemorative 9/11 jacket, returns it to owner

Posted at 4:25 PM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 12:46:15-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Peggy Geier came across a unique jacket while walking in her San Carlos neighborhood just days after Christmas.

"I thought it was just a jacket," Geier said. "It was kind of like wow, this is not just an ordinary jacket. This is a special jacket and I imagine it means something to somebody."

On the jacket is a truck number and an engine number. On the front of it, the last name "Hansen." It led Geier to believe the jacket belonged to a 9/11 first responder.

Geier said posted the jacket on social media sites to try and find an owner but didn't have any luck.

"I sent a lot of messages trying to find whoever it belongs to," she said.

Where she found the jacket made the find all that more curious. Geier said the intersection where the jacket was is the same location where a neighbor first told her about the attack on the World Trade Center 17 years ago.

"It was the first time in my lifetime, the only time in my lifetime, that our whole world just stopped," Geier said.

10News reached out to the New York City Fire Department and discovered the jacket was previously owned by Luke Hansen, a military veteran who joined the FDNY in 2004.

Hansen reportedly gave the jacket to his brother, Matt, who was in San Diego.

"There's a lot of people who would love to have this jacket and wear this jacket proudly but it’s just important to get it to the right person," Geier said.

10News worked to get Geier in touch with Matt Hansen to return the jacket, and the two were able to meet on Wednesday.