Heartbreak turns to relief after pickup that belonged to son who died is recovered

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ARVADA, Colo. -- Heartbreak turned to relief for a Henderson man after police recovered his late son's stolen pick up truck. Overnight, the Arvada Police Department located the 2004 F-350 with a hand-painted caliper on the hood.

On Tuesday morning, Chris Acklam, 60, picked it up.

"Yah, I came to pick up that 350," he told the staff at Connolly’s Towing in Arvada.

Each step is painful. Bad knees and arthritis are a constant in every journey for the man. But nothing can keep Acklam from reclaiming a cherished possession from his most loved son, Chris.

"You got my boy's truck back here?" he asks another employee.

Acklam brought his son’s picture.

“He’s back in the truck,” he said with tears in his eyes.

He put the photo into the driver’s side visor. The 31-year-old died in a car accident on June 4, 2014. And on Sunday, thieves stole his pickup from his dad's Henderson home.

"I dreamed it would be gone forever,” he said.

He thought it might end up in a chop shop.

“I want to thank you guys because I think that's why it was recovered, from the media attention," he said.

Arvada police found the truck in the 9400 block of West 56th Place early Monday morning. It is a little worse for wear. The ignition was damaged, the stereo swiped and a back window was broken.

"I'm happy cause I'm crying. I'm really happy," Acklam said.

But FOX 31 Denver’s Problem Solvers wanted to make him even happier -- and ease his hardship too. We asked Connolly's to donate the tow to The Maintenance Shoppe in Denver. And The Maintenance Shoppe donated the labor to get the pickup back on the road.

"I can't believe you guys. That's just amazing," Acklam said.

What once was lost was found again.

"It meant a lot to me and now it means a whole lot more," he said.

And his gratitude was immense.