Deputy Sam Brownlee was an officer of the Weld County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado who was unfortunately killed in the line of duty after a police chase in 2010. Today, he is survived by a wife and two sons, Tanner and Chase.
A few months ago, the family learned that Brownlee’s original squad car would be going up for auction by the sheriff’s office to fund COPS, which is an organization that helps families of officers killed in the line of duty.
Eager to hold on to a piece of their dad’s history, the two boys started a Go Fund Me page to raise funds that would ultimately be used to bid on the car at the time of auction.
The day of the auction finally arrived. Limited funds in hand, Tanner and his brother Chase put in their best effort towards winning the car, which was valued at $12,500. But they were no match for Steve Wells, a rancher who reportedly owns thousands of acres of oil-rich property in Weld County. Wells far outbid the two boys with a winning $60,000 offer.
So why would someone pay more than quadruple what the car was worth?
That’s the best part.
What the boys didn’t realize was that the local rancher was planning on buying the car, specifically so he could give it back to them. And that’s exactly what he did.
No questions asked, he immediately handed over the title and keys to the young boys. After exchanging a few words of thanks, he left the auction house, and according to Tanner, they never saw him again.
Moral of the story: guardian angels are everywhere. And most times, they show up when you least expect it.