Family finds lost home video after 13 years

Firefighter Jordan Kokel found the camera at a dance recital over a decade ago and just now discovered its owner.
1:49 | 01/11/21

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Finally tonight, a different type of "America strong." The firefighter who found a camera, and never gave up trying to find the owner. More than a decade later, the family time capsule he uncovered, and you're about to see. Happy birthday to you Reporter: Birthdays, family picnics, precious memories of the Stecker family from St. Louis recorded nearly 13 years ago. Kids swimming in the pool, birthday parties, dying Easter eggs. Reporter: The last video taken at daughter Maddie's dance recital. Then the camera goes missing. At the time I was just sick to my stomach because I knew there was so much on it. Reporter: All those memories gone, or so they thought. I found some old footage, some clips from a camera that I had found. Reporter: That's Jordan kokel, a ft. Worth, Texas, firefighter, a father of two. He found that camera after the recital and tried to find the owner. Having no luck, he put the camera aside. But just last week, and more than a decade later, he came across it again. With Facebook, or social media, I could probably find the family. Reporter: Jordan posting this, "Help me find these people." Our affiliate WFAA picking up the story. I started getting some phone calls and messages. Reporter: Jordan getting that video back to the steckers. He was so young. Reporter: And in no time, they were opening their family time capsule. So heartwarming for me. Reporter: Their daughter Maddie, then 3, now 16. Their son Collin, then 6, now a freshman in college. Hearing their voices, seeing their expressions, it's I'm so happy and so thankful that I got them back. Merry Christmas. Love that story. Thanks to WFAA for their help with the report. And reuniting the family with that personal treasure.

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