Stolen WTC flag returned to fallen firefighter’s sister on 4th of July

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“Good news, our flag was returned this morning. It was outside the house when we woke up,” Melissa Brengel wrote on her Facebook page. (Facebook)

HUNTINGTON STATION (PIX11) – A stolen American flag that was given to the sister of a firefighter killed on 9/11 has been returned.

Melissa Ielpi-Brengel, of Huntington Station, woke up to find the flag once again outside her home, and a note stating simply, “I am so sorry, I had no idea.”

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

Ielpi-Brengel received the flag in memory of her brother, 29-year-old Jonathan Ielpi, a member of the FDNY’s Squad 288 in Queens, who was killed in the September 11 terror attacks.

The flag was stolen from the front of the Huntington Station home Monday, July 30th.

The flag flew over the World Trade Center site during the recovery and cleanup efforts, and then in front of Ielpi-Brengel’s home in Huntington Station.

“Good news, our flag was returned this morning. It was outside the house when we woke up,” she wrote on Facebook.  “Thank you all for spreading the word and helping us get our flag back.  You guys are all amazing.”

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