El Reno man reunited with stolen 75-year-old photo album

El Reno man reunited with stolen 75-year-old photo album

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What's in a picture?

It may be something you don't know until you lose it.

"As they pull this cardboard and get it loose so they can fit it into the bailer, the album fell out like this," said David Griesel, General Manager for the Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority.

A mysterious family album turned up at the OEMA's recycling center. Workers fished it out of the cardboard.  

"They saw the baby picture then looked inside it and said 'we need to get this up front,'" David said.

Pictures inside the album date back to the 1930s. So David asked the local paper to run an ad, and within days he meets Robert Wilfong.

"I appreciate it, you guys finding it and taking care of it," Robert said, shaking David's hand. 

Robert's house was ransacked when he was away for Thanksgiving. His precious memories were stolen.

"A lot of people say violated. And that's kind of the way you feel - violated. Somebody's trod on my space," he said.

Now, Robert and David are fast friends.

"I just really appreciate everybody so very much so much," said Robert.

To David, this was a way to give back.  

"I would definitely want someone to do that for me," he said.

While Robert thinks it's a lesson: he doesn't need material objects or even pictures to remember the ones he's loved and lost.

"I can feel my mom's hand the last time I touched it," he said, "I don't need a picture to remember that."

But now, he says, what's in the pictures is priceless. Because in them he sees not just memories, but kindness and hope.

"People care about other people. They really do," he said.

 

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