ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A lot of people hold onto their high school letterman jackets for decades.
That was an Albuquerque Public School basketball player’s plan too, until someone stole it.
“It was a big deal to me,” said Sandia High School senior Tim Brennan. “I’d just gotten all my patches on it from the previous year.”
Like all letterman jackets, it represented a rite of passage, earned with a lot of hard work on the court, field and classroom.
After a few months and no sign of it, he gave up hope of getting it back.
His jacket might still be gone if it weren’t for an employee of the Alvarado Transit Center who noticed a man wearing the jacket that said “Brennan” on the back.
“Anthony Chavez, a security officer, is a fan of high school basketball in New mexico. He knows that Tim brennan is 6’5″,” said Rick DeReyes, spokesperson for ABQ Ride. ‘He approached him and said ‘Where did you get this jacket?’ The guy avoided him.”
Chavez didn’t give up. When he told the man he’d have to talk to police, the man handed over the jacket and took off.
Then Chavez called the high school.
“I was really excited. I didn’t really believe it at first to be honest,” Brennan said.
The family’s thankful for the man who went out of his way.
His mother says the security officer’s name is no coincidence.
She’d spent months praying to Saint Anthony, the Patron Saint of lost articles.
“I said that a million times and after three months I thought, oh well, St Anthony’s busy, we will not get that jacket back,” said Laurie Ross Brennan. “But then, who would have known, St. Anthony’s last name is Chavez. It’s Anthony Chavez who found the jacket and returned it to us.”
Chavez has been recognized for his vigilance before, he was the city’s employee of the week a few years ago after he identified a wanted fugitive at the Transit Center.