- Former police officer Brandon del Pozo says he discovered a household picture on the scene of the 9/11 assaults.
- Del Pozo says he rediscovered the picture 20 years later and shared an image of it on Fb.
- Now, he says he is discovered the household within the picture and that they are all alive and properly.
Former NYPD officer Brandon del Pozo instructed Insider he was in Decrease Manhattan 20 years in the past on September 11, 2001, when the Twin Towers collapsed.
Strolling to floor zero to see if there have been any survivors who wanted assist, del Pozo mentioned, he appeared down and noticed a photograph of a household at his ft.
“It seemed wrong to leave it on the ground,” del Pozo mentioned of the picture. “I thought if it just laid there, it would be lost forever, but it was also a very personal item.”
So, del Pozo — a patrol officer in Brooklyn on the time — picked it up and put it in his police memo e-book, he mentioned.
20 years later, del Pozo mentioned he has discovered the household within the picture after rediscovering the picture in his basement and posting it on Facebook.
When the submit — which has 41,000 shares on the time of writing — went viral. del Pozo mentioned just a few individuals contacted him by way of Fb and Twitter saying they might determine the person within the image. After some analysis, del Pozo mentioned he was capable of attain out to the person within the picture on LinkedIn. Across the similar time, the lady within the picture reached out to del Pozo on Fb, del Pozo mentioned, and the previous police officer mentioned he talked to each her and her husband.
Del Pozo mentioned the members of the family — whose identities he wouldn’t disclose as he mentioned they requested him to guard their privateness — are all alive and properly.
From talking with the person within the picture, del Pozo mentioned he discovered that the daddy and husband had labored on the fortieth flooring of One World Commerce Heart, and that the picture hung in his workplace.
Del Pozo mentioned the person deliberate to go to a convention at Home windows on the World, the observatory on the high of the tower, on the morning of September 11, 2001, however he was despatched on enterprise to London on September 10. Del Pozo added that everybody at that convention died.
On Sunday, after talking with the person within the picture, del Pozo shared a tweet with an replace for his followers.
“He’s retired, still married, and his three boys are now grown men who are healthy and thriving,” he wrote.
Del Pozo additionally cited an e-mail he mentioned the person had despatched him. “Life has been good over the time since 9/11, which separates us from people no less deserving, just less lucky,” the person wrote, in response to del Pozo. “Fate was kind: it wasn’t my time to go.”
Because the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 approached, del Pozo mentioned he got here throughout the picture whereas he was searching for one thing else: a journal entry that he wrote on his twenty seventh birthday, the day earlier than the assaults.
Within the entry, which he shared with Insider, he wrote that if he have been to die the subsequent morning, he would have lived a great life.
Del Pozo’s journal entry the day earlier than 9/11.
Brandon del Pozo
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