When a bracelet commemorating an FDNY firefighter killed on Sept. 11 washed up on a local beach, the woman who stumbled upon it had no idea it belonged to a family who turned out to be closer than she could have imagined, reports NBC New York.
The memorial bracelet was made in memory of Michael Otten, an FDNY firefighter who died on 9/11. His widow Marion Otten, of East Islip, gave it to her son Jonathan, but he lost it 10 years ago.
“It was just a bracelet to me back then,” he said. “It didn’t have such a big meaning as it does now.”
Recently, Marlene Quinn was walking on Robert Moses Beach when she found the bracelet.
“I was walking along and a wave came up. It went away and that bracelet was there,” she said.
The bracelet bore Michael Otten’s name, and she instantly recognized the name as a local firefighter killed on 9/11. The name also made Quinn think of her own brother, Michael O’Neill, a firefighter who died unexpectedly in the spring.
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