Tanner Brownlee watched the bid on a Dodge Charger carefully. He was 20 years old and didn't have much money, but he was hoping to make a bid on the car that had once belonged to his father.
Brownlee had lost his police officer father in the line of duty, but he'd hoped that he could keep a small piece of his father.
The auction was for C.O.P.S., Concerns of Police Survivors, and it was designed to help families like the Brownlees (families that have lost an officer family member).
While he watched the bidding rise, Brownlee gave up hope on ever having his dad's old car. The final price rose all the way to $60,000, far too much for the young man to afford.
Tanner Brownlee had set up a GoFundMe page and raised $3,000, but it simply wasn't enough to win the car.
Rancher Steve Wells was the final bidder and Brownlee watched his father's familiar car keys rest in the hands of the car's new owner. But Wells did something nobody would have expected - he walked over to Brownlee and dropped the keys in the boy's hand.
"Tanner," he said, "here's your car." Wells was in on it all along.
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