Local Man’s Gesture to Son of Fallen Officer Shows The Goodness of The Human Spirit
With all the negativity spread by the media and the terrible stories shown on television and the newspapers, it can be hard to see the positive in the world we live in. Luckily, there are still some people who honor and respect the sacrifice of service of others. This is one of those stories.
In 2010, a man named Sam Brownlee was killed in the line of duty while serving as a Sheriff's Deputy in Weld County, Colorado. He was shot in a shoot out and left behind a wife and two sons.
This year, as part of a regular police vehicle auction, the 2010 Dodge Charger that Brownlee drove in his service was being put up for auction. The car was valued at over $12,000, and that number's important.
It's important because Brownlee's son, Tanner Brownlee, had saved up his money to try and purchase his dad's car--as a way of remembering him and having a piece of his father's life in his life. "If I can't get it, I hope someone who does get it cares for [the car]," Tanner said before the auction. However, when the auction began it soon became clear to Tanner that he wouldn't be able to afford the car.
That was because a local rancher was bidding up the price of the car, far beyond it's $12,000 value. That rancher eventually won the auction by bidding $60,000 for the Dodge Charger. Then he turned and did something unbelievable.
The rancher, wearing a cowboy hat, button-up shirt, and jeans, walked to Tanner and handed him the keys to the car. "Tanner, here's your car."
The crowd erupted in applause and the rancher drew Tanner in for a long hug.
"This is so huge. . . . Having something I can use and drive around that he drove around, it just means a lot," said Tanner after the auction.
Proceeds from the auction went to a group that helps families of officers who've fallen in the line of duty.
The whole episode just goes to show how much we can do for each other, if we just take the time to help and care.
h/t: 9 News Colorado