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Letterman jacket found in tornado debris reunited with owner


MOORE, Okla. – The May 20th tornado that ripped through Moore tore apart homes, scattering personal belongings.

Some of those items were sentimental, irreplaceable things.

But one tornado victim has been reunited with something she thought she’d never seen again.

Back in August, we aired a story about a man who lives just behind the Warren Theater in Moore.

Albert Hollingshead found a letterman jacket in a pile of junk in his backyard, plucked it up, and set off on a quest to find its owner.

He knew it could be valuable.

“I said hmmm, somebody might want this,” said Hollinghead.

Little did he know just how precious it was.

More than a month after our story about the jacket aired, Pam Dennis heard about it.

The jacket belonged to Dennis’ son, Christopher Lang.

He died in a car accident back in 1997.

“It’s the only thing that we have left of my son,” said a tearful Dennis after she went to Hollingshead’s house to get the jacket.

Lang, his fiancee and their 16 month old son were all killed in a head on collision 16 years ago.

The tornado took all the mementos Dennis had of her son.

“His jacket and the funeral bag, because everything I had of his was in that bag – pictures, news articles from the accident,” said Dennis.

Hollingshead had been taking care of the jacket for four months, even had it dry cleaned.

“As long as it’s back where it belongs, that’s all I care about,” he said.

Dennis says in all the heartbreak of the tornado, the things she had left of her son were the most important items lost.

So being reunited with the jacket means so much.

“This is just the most wonderful thing that could’ve happened,” said Dennis.