One of the most difficult things we would have to go through in life is losing a loved one in death. It is especially difficult when it happens to a young boy and his father dies in the line of duty.
That is what Tanner Brownlee experienced when his father, who was a police officer, died while he was working. The young boy was only 15 years old at the time and he really cared for his father. He also wanted to honor his father, so when he learned that his squad car was up for auction in Greeley, Colorado, he put the money together so he could go to the auction and buy it back.
The old Dodge Charger may have been on the auction block, but it was more than just a hunk of metal to Tanner and his brother. It was a little piece of their father and the brothers were hoping that they could get it and restore it. Tanner gave an interview with a local news station, saying: “Just everything I can get… means a lot to me. ” We can understand how he would feel that way. He had already received his father’s motorcycle jacket and other mementos when his dad died but it didn’t fit. He was sure that the squad car would be a perfect fit.
When he learned about the charity auction and the fact that the old cruiser was to be part of it, he started an online fundraising account and said: “My father’s police car is something he was very much attached to and to someone else it may just be some car. But to me, it was my dad’s.
I want to show my father that I’ve grown into a man and take the responsibility to keep his legacy alive. This would be a huge step in doing so. ”
Tanner and his brother raised $3,465, which should have been enough to buy the car back. The value of the car, according to Kelly Blue Book is $12,500, and he knew that there would be some people who would be bidding high. He bid his heart out during the auction but ultimately failed when somebody stepped up and bid $60,000.
He couldn’t do anything about it he was disappointed and hurt that he would not have his father’s old squad car. Steve Wells, a local rancher is the man who bought the car. When he got the keys, he turned around and gave them to Tanner, saying: “Tanner, here is your car.”
Tanner had no idea that the man was going to be buying the vehicle and giving it to him. He said: “This is just so huge. I mean, me and my dad built a fence and stuff, but having something I can use and drive around that he drove around, it just means a lot.”
The charger was being sold to raise money for C.O.P.S. or Concerns of Police Survivors. Not only did the man do a good deed, he gave to a good cause.