9/11 hero's mom, police seek information on Tom Burnett's missing letter jacket

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The high school letter jacket of a 9/11 hero is missing after being put on display at a local Applebee's, and now his mother and the Bloomington Police Department are trying to find it.

Tom Burnett Jr., who attended Jefferson High School in Bloomington, was among the passengers on United Flight 93 who fought off terrorists planning to crash the aircraft in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001. The plane went down in Pennsylvania, killing all 44 people on board.

"We should remember his sacrifice. We should remember the message that Tom left in his last words, 'We're going to do something'," Vonda Kelly of the Bloomington Historical Societytold KARE 11.

Tom Burnett's mother, Beverly, loaned his letter jacket to the Applebee's at Southtown Mall in 2004, KSTP says, but no one recalls seeing the jacket after the restaurant was remodeled a few years ago.

Applebee's has filed a police report, but it still hasn't turned up. Police believe the jacket could have been stolen, misplaced or perhaps thrown out during the remodel, reports note.

Beverly Burnett has been gathering some of her son's belongings to include in a display at Jefferson High School and hopes to include the missing jacket, KSTP says.

The Bloomington Police Department

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Other items have been donated to the Bloomington Historical Society, while some things will be given to the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota, including a paper he wrote in 1986 with the title: "Why is the U.S. faced with so much terrorism?", KARE 11 says.

Friday marks the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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