Police Officer Who Found Family Photo on 9/11 Finds Its Owner Alive

  • 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 Facebook.
  • 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 Lower Manhattan 20 years in the past on September 11, 2001, when the Twin Towers collapsed.

Walking to floor zero to see if there have been any survivors who wanted assist, del Pozo stated, he regarded down and noticed a photograph of a household at his toes.

“It seemed wrong to leave it on the ground,” del Pozo stated 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 guide, he stated.

Two many years later, del Pozo stated 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 stated a couple of folks contacted him via Facebook and Twitter saying they may determine the person within the image. After some analysis, del Pozo stated he was in a position to attain out to the person within the picture on LinkedIn. Around the identical time, the lady within the picture reached out to del Pozo on Facebook, del Pozo stated, and the previous police officer stated he talked to each her and her husband. 

Del Pozo stated the relations — whose identities he wouldn’t disclose as he stated they requested him to guard their privateness — are all alive and properly.

From talking with the person within the picture, del Pozo stated he realized that the daddy and husband had labored on the fortieth flooring of One World Trade Center, and that the picture hung in his workplace.

Del Pozo stated the person deliberate to go to a convention at 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 stated 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 accordance with del Pozo. “Fate was kind: it wasn’t my time to go.”

As the twentieth anniversary of 9/11 approached, del Pozo stated he got here throughout the picture whereas he was in search of one thing else: a journal entry that he wrote on his twenty seventh birthday, the day earlier than the assaults.

In the entry, which he shared with Insider, he wrote that if he have been to die the following morning, he would have lived a very good life. 

Brandon's journal entry on September 10, 2001

Del Pozo’s journal entry the day earlier than 9/11.

Brandon del Pozo