The son of a fallen deputy in Greeley, Colorado was given his father’s car after a generous man bought the car at an auction.
Deputy Sam Brownlee lost his life in Nov 2010 during a shootout while on duty. Brownlee’s patrol vehicle was a 2010 Dodge Charger, currently valued at $12,500, KUSA reports.
The proceeds will go towards the Concerns of Police Survivors, an organization that benefits the families of fallen officers, including the Brownlee family.
The auction occurred on Wednesday, greatly surpassed the value of the car. Although Brownlee’s son Tanner, who was 15 at the time of his father’s death, did attempt to purchase the car, a man named Steve Wells won the high bid with $60,000.
After accepting the keys, Wells turned to Tanner who was in the crowd and said, “Tanner, here’s your car,” and handed the keys over.
Wells, a rancher who “owns thousands of acres of oil-rich land in Wells county,” had never met5 Tanner before the auction.
Story by Brian Koerber