Firefighter returns shoes to homeowner borrowed during Montecito mudslide

MONTECITO, Calif. (KABC) -- Kevin Rittner never thought he would see this pair of shoes again.

During the Montecito mudslides last year, Rittner and his family became stuck in their home.

When a barefoot firefighter appeared, Rittner gave him a pair of his own sneakers - never expecting to see them again.

Five months later, Rittner came home to find the shoes and a thank you note on his porch, as well as a gift card.

Rittner wants to thank him instead.

"I'd shake his hand, buy him a meal and a beer and buy him a gift certificate to something because that dude did far more than I did handing out a pair of shoes," Rittner said.
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