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Flag that flew over Ground Zero after 9/11 stolen from fallen firefighter’s home

Posted at 8:05 PM, Jul 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-02 19:45:26-04

LONG ISLAND (PIX11) -- A U.S. flag that flew over Ground Zero during the recovery and cleanup efforts then given to the sister of a firefighter killed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks has been stolen from the woman’s home on Long Island.

Melissa Brengel said the flag was swiped from the front yard of her house, which is located on a dead end street in Huntington Station, sometime between 10:30 p.m. Monday and about 5 a.m. Tuesday.

“There are other flags here and for some reason they came and took ours,” Brengel said. “The fact that anyone would take a flag, to me, is disgusting, disgraceful.”

Brengel’s brother, 29-year-old Jonathan Ielpi, was a member of the FDNY’s Squad 288 in Queens. Another brother is a firefighter. Her dad is retired from the department, and currently runs the 9/11 Tribute Center.

The flag was a gift from the September 11th Families Association, and Brengel desperately wants it back.

“It hurts me and all of them that somebody could do something like this,” she said.