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Ground Zero Flag Stolen From Home of Fallen Firefighter

The flag, one of many given to 9/11 families, was taken from a Huntington Station home earlier in the week.

File photo
File photo

It’s not just a flag. It’s a symbol of a firefighter’s ultimate sacrifice. It was stolen from a Huntington Station flagpole on his sister’s property. And now she wants it returned.

The flag had flown over Ground Zero during the painful days when first responders searched for bodies. But Melissa Ielpi-Brengel, who says the flag was one of many given to 9/11 families to fly outside their homes between Memorial Day and July 4, and again on Sept. 11, says the flag was stolen.

Ielpi-Brengel's brother Jonathan Ielpi, a firefighter with FDNY Squad 288 in Queens, died in the 9/11 attacks. Ielpi-Brengel said the flag was taken sometime between 10:30 p.m. Monday and 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

“The flag is very special to me, and my family, not only because it is an American flag, but also because of where the flag once flew,” she told Patch.

“Our flag was the only one on my block that was taken, our neighbors flags are still flying proud,” she added.

Now Ielpi-Brengel feels the only way of ever seeing the missing flag again is by spreading the word.

“Hopefully it will get back to the person or people who took it and stop them from taking any more,” she said. “And just maybe they will feel a little guilty and leave the flag outside the house.”
FedUpRealist July 03, 2014 at 03:20 PM
See, you don't even have to mention (or admit) you're an uninformed fiberal dumbercrat...Just start calling people names when you can't succeed in the area of ideas...
KerryLynn Huber July 03, 2014 at 03:30 PM
Does anyone know how to get in touch with the family or have the family get in touch with me?
loveschocolate15 July 03, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Why would anyone steal an American flag. Whoever did this, I hope will have second thoughts and return it to its rightful owner. This flag had special meaning to the family.
CAPICU July 03, 2014 at 08:25 PM
FedUpRealist July 03, 2014 at 03:20 PM See, you don't even have to mention (or admit) you're an uninformed fiberal dumbercrat...Just start calling people names when you can't succeed in the area of ideas... ___________________________________________________ .Just start calling people names when you can't succeed in the area of ideas...A Realist?....... HAHAHA
Dee Goddard July 04, 2014 at 12:06 PM
that why it doesn't pay to have anything of significance or beauty on our homes because the low life children of the low life scum take things

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