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A Colorado teen who lost his police officer dad in the line of duty five years ago now has one more cherished item to help remember his dad.
At a police charity auction on Wednesday, 19-year-old Tanner Brownlee tried and failed to outbid and win his father Sam Brownlee’s old squad car.
It never mattered though, because as soon as local rancher Steve Wells got the keys to the Dodge Charger with a $60,000 bid, he handed them straight over to Tanner.
Tanner was just 15 years old in 2010 when his father, a Weld County Sheriff’s deputy, was killed in the line of duty after a police chase to apprehend a car robber.
After suspect Rueben Reyes got out of the stolen car, Brownlee tackled him to the ground and was fatally shot when Reyes pried away his own gun. Reyes died after being shot by an Evans, Colorado police officer.
Right after walking to the front of the room to collect the keys, Wells turned to Tanner in the front row and handed them over, saying: ‘Tanner, here is your car.’
Read more: Daily Mail