Jordan Kokel, a Midlothian resident and a Fort Price firefighter, discovered a digital digicam over 12 years in the past. The digicam contained quite a few pictures and movies of the proprietor’s household, together with one from a dance recital and one other from a tailgate picnic at a Rangers sport. However when Kokel got here throughout the digicam in his bag, he had no thought the place he discovered it or who it belonged to.
He tried discovering the household by posting on social media, however nobody ever acknowledged them. He by no means gave up, although. Now and again he would submit one other picture from the digicam with a reminder that he was making an attempt to find the digicam’s house owners. However when WFAA TV reporter Alex Rozier noticed a current Fb submit concerning the lacking digicam, he interviewed Kokel for a narrative.
“Inside 5 minutes after the story ran, the household had been tagged on Fb, and quite a few folks referred to as their cell telephones informing them of the story,” Kokel mentioned.
Discovering the Stecher Household
The long-lost digicam belonged to the Stecher household, who now dwell in St. Louis, MO. A follow-up story on WFAA TV reveals the household then and now. Their son Collin was about six and their daughter Mattie about three years outdated within the movies. Collin is now 18 and a university freshman, whereas Mattie is 16 years outdated.
“On the time of the Fb submit, I had no thought the place I got here throughout the digicam,” Kokel mentioned. “After the second story on WFAA, the Stecher household and I discovered how I will need to have come throughout the digicam. It will need to have been put right into a bag or field of mine in the course of the dance recital (for Mattie) in Fort Price. I used to be performing some work as a photographer on the recital and when Mrs. Stecher was performing some ordering on the images desk, she will need to have left the digicam on the desk. On the finish of the occasion, it obtained packed away with all the things.”
Native Firefighter Jordan Kokel
Now 41, Kokel has been a firefighter for 9 years. He’s an engineer (driver) at Station #24 in Fort Price, and has lived in Midlothian for six years. A graduate of Trinity Christian College in Cedar Hill, he performed basketball at Southwestern Assemblies of God College in Waxahachie. Kokel acquired his bachelor’s and grasp’s levels from Dallas Baptist University. His spouse, Cathy, is the pinnacle volleyball coach at DBU. Their son Brooks is seven years outdated, and attends McClatchy Elementary College. Daisy, their daughter, is three years outdated. The Kokel household attends First Baptist Church Midlothian, and Cathy and Jordan educate kids’s Sunday College courses there.
“After commencement, I used to be a school teacher and coach, however determined I needed to run into burning buildings as a substitute,” Kokel mentioned. “Lecturers are the actual heroes although!” Earlier than showing on the WFAA and ABC World Information reveals, Kokel had final been seen on tv as a stunt man on the Fox TV present “Jail Break” one summer season.
Flip Again the Clock
“After this whole factor, I’ve discovered that I’m not an excellent detective,” Kokel mentioned. “I used to be very completely satisfied to see the household get these movies and switch again the clock a bit. I take pleasure in seeing folks completely satisfied and seeing the response from those that have seen the story unfold, I hope it conjures up others to offer some effort in making a distinction in another person’s life. Too many occasions, we wish to write a verify and name it a day. However giving of your effort and time, many occasions makes a a lot larger impression,” he mentioned.
Little doubt the Stecher household of St. Louis MO are glad that he didn’t surrender till discovering the house owners of the mysterious misplaced digicam. The movies and pictures on the digicam present the Stecher’s kids had been about the identical age as Kokel’s son and daughter are actually, so these misplaced reminiscences might by no means get replaced.