Weld County Deputy Sam Brownlee died in the line of duty during a police chase. He had two sons at the time who tried to retain everything they could so that they would be able to remember their dad now that he had passed away. They have the awards he was given, the flag that was over his coffin, along with many pictures that they hold very close to their hearts. When they heard that their dad’s police car was going to be heading to the auction block, they knew they had to be there to place a bid. The police car was going to be auctioned off, with the money raised going to COPS., which stands for Concerns of Police Survivors. This organization raises funds for the families and survivors after a police officer loses their life in the line of duty.
Michael Brownlee, shown below in the middle, stands next to his brother’s coffin during his memorial service.
When brothers Tanner and Chase Brownlee heard their dad’s police car was going to be auctioned off, they knew they wanted it and had to buy it. It was the last material possession available that was linked backed to their father. Tanner said, “It’d mean a lot to me and my brother. We’ve been through a lot.” The brothers even went as far as starting a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for the auction. The car was valued at $12,500 according to Kelley Blue Book.
When the auction for the police car started, Tanner was right there waiting for the right moment to place his bid. He placed his bid, but after a few rounds the price of the car was well out of Tanner’s price range. He was devastated knowing that this car slipped right through his hands because he did not have the funds to outbid a farmer named Steve Wells.
Steve Wells put in the final bid at $60,000, which was well out of Tanner’s price range and far exceeded the value of the vehicle. But then something incredible happened… When Steve received the keys for the police car, he took them, and walked over to Tanner saying, “Tanner? Here’s your car.” The entire room erupted with cheers and applause.
The two men had never met before. “I didn’t know. It means so much to me,” Tanner told KMGH. While Tanner was in the spotlight, Wells declined any interviews. He didn’t want to take away from the two brother’s moment as Tanner was able to drive away in his father’s police car.
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This is such a touching story! It’s amazing to see complete strangers go out of their way for someone else. Not only did Steve Wells buy this police car for Tanner, he also spent $60,000 on it which goes right back to COPS. What a selfless human.