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At A Police Auction For His Late Father's Squad Car, A Young Man Gets A Huge Surprise

May 16, 2015
When Tanner Brownlee was just 15 years old, his father was shot and killed in the line of duty following a high-speed chase. His father was Weld County Deputy Sam Brownlee and one of his prized possessions was his police cruiser, a Dodge Charger. On Wednesday night, the Weld County Sheriff's Office auctioned off the car to raise money for C.O.P.S. - Concerns of Police Survivors - a national organization that provides services for survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

With knowledge of the auction, Tanner started a GoFundMe page to help raise money to bid on the squad car. At the time of the auction, he had raised a little over $3,000. He planned to use that money and other money he had set aside to pay for the car that the Kelly Blue Book values at $12,500.
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