Logansport family finds special balloon

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) — Last July, a Logansport couple came home to find a helium balloon sitting on their back deck.

They saw an address on it and decided to return it without knowing the meaning behind it. Jenna Burkhart and her family later found out the balloon means a lot to another family 300 miles away in Bettendorf, Iowa.

In 2009, train conductor Andrew Reed died in a train crash leaving behind his wife and two little daughters. Every year since, his daughters send up a balloon on their birthdays to remember him.

Burkhart said when she heard the family’s story, she was happy she sent it back.

“I couldn’t imagine. I mean, we have two kids; and for the mother, I couldn’t imagine how hard it is for her to keep the memory going for the girls,” said Burkhart. “I know she has to keep him alive for the girls, and I’m sure she’s doing a great job at it.”

Burkhart hopes the families can stay in touch.

“I just want to tell them that my heart goes out to them. The fact that they have to go through what they do everyday is heartbreaking. I would like to maybe get in contact with them and just hear maybe a little bit about their story and maybe share our story with them.”

Burkhart said the experience taught her to not take the little things for granted when it comes to her family.

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