Teen Begs For Fallen Soldier’s Car, So Mom Turns To Internet For Help.

Texas teenager, Justin Rozier, recently inherited his deceased father’s most prized possession, and it wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for the kindness and generosity of strangers.

Justin was just 9 months old when his father, Army Lt. Jonathan Rozier, was killed while serving in Iraq. As a single mother and widow, Justin’s mother, Jessica Johns, had no choice but to sell Jonathan’s beloved 1999 Toyota Celica convertible in order to make ends meet.


Over a decade later, Jessica was cleaning out a drawer when she found the vehicle’s registration. She remembered how much Jonathan had adored that car. With their son now a teenager and about to get his driver’s license, Jessica thought it might be meaningful for the boy to have his father’s old car.


Jessica started her quest to find the car by posting a message on Facebook. “Can someone please help me find this car?” She asked.


“I was thinking I would go on a years-long search to find this car,” Jessica told NBC. Instead, thanks to the power of the internet, Justin’s sweet 16th birthday surprise came even earlier than expected.


Jorge Cruz of Utah, was the current owner of the car. Jorge saw the Facebook posting and came forward, and after a very brief deliberation, he agreed to relinquish the car back to Jessica and Justin. “I think that your son will get more enjoyment out of having his dad’s car than I would,” Jorge told her.

“I know how hard it must have been to give it up.” Jessica said on Facebook. “We are so grateful to him for his part in this. Without him this may not have ever happened.”

The story doesn’t end there. Soon, a Utah-based group called Follow The Flag caught wind of Jessica’s request and decided to do what they could to help the family out. The group started a GoFundMe campaign to pay for the car, restore it, and bring it to Justin in Texas for his 16th birthday in October.

“Imagine the feeling of holding the steering wheel of a car your late father once drove. A father you never knew. A father who died in the line of duty serving his country. What a priceless gift,” Kyle Fox, co-founder of the GoFundMe wrote on the page.


On Justin’s birthday in October, a whole crew of people who’d helped make this incredible event happen were there to witness the teen getting in his dad’s newly-refurbished car for the first time.

“I started getting emotional because I never saw John drive that car home,” Jessica said. “I was waiting for…it to click that’s Dad’s car,” she said. “He starts looking at it, gets in. He looks so much like his dad.”


It certainly does take a village. Congratulations and happy birthday, Justin! We’re certain that your dad would be very proud of the young man you’ve become.

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