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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles airport police used Facebook to track down an Afghan immigrant couple who accidentally left their wedding album at the international terminal last year, leading to a ceremonial presentation this week of the long-lost memento, an official said on Friday.
The couple landed at Los Angeles International Airport in September 2014 from Afghanistan, where the husband was a military interpreter and faced threats due to his work, said Rob Pedregon, a spokesman for Los Angeles Airport Police.
But police did not want the memento to be lost forever.
Posted by Los Angeles Airport Police on Thursday, July 30, 2015
The federal government has allowed former interpreters for the U.S. military in Afghanistan and Iraq to immigrate to the United States under special visas, because of the risks they and their families run.
On Thursday, a four-person airport police honor guard returning from services for a slain officer in Northern California delivered the album to the couple at their home. The joyful scene was captured by local media.
“It really worked out well for everybody,” Pedregon said.
Along with the album, the officers returned ceremonial keepsakes from the wedding in Afghanistan including a tablecloth and linen napkins which also were in the briefcase, Pedregon said. The family treated the officers to a sumptuous meal.
The officers “didn’t realize the magnitude of it until they actually got up there and saw the reception,” he said.
The couple could not be reached for comment on Friday.
Jabarkhail has told local media his life was in danger in Afghanistan because he was an interpreter.