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Sons of Fallen Sheriff Get Father's Squad Car After Losing Auction

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/15/2015 Megan Stewart

During a police chase back in 2010, Weld County Deputy Sam Brownlee was killed in the line of duty, leaving behind two sons, with only memories and photographs to remember their fallen father. However, five years later, the Sherriff's Office auctioned off their dad's Dodge Charger squad car, which the sons hoped to win.

Tanner Brownlee was only fifteen when his father was killed, and when he heard about the auction, he started a GoFundMe account in an effort to raise the money needed. Before the auction started, there was just over $3,000, but Tanner had a backup plan.

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"I think if it goes past the limit we have, I just have to hope that someone has it in their heart to win the car and give it to me and my brother. We don't really have a backup plan," said Tanner before the auction. These words held more truth than Tanner could have imagined.

The number quickly went past what Tanner and his family could afford, and was sold to a Mr. Steve Wells for $60,000. But as soon as the auction was over, Wells handed over the keys to Tanner. Wells declined an interview with 7News, choosing to let Tanner have his moment.

All money gathered from Tanner's GoFundMe account will be donated to Concerns of Police Survivors, an organization that provides services for survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. All proceeds from the auction will also be donated to the organization.

Source: WKBW

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