Tanner and Chase Brownlee's father Sam was killed in 2010
Tanner and Chase Brownlee’s father Sam was a Weld County Deputy outside of Greeley, Colorado. He was killed in the line of duty in 2010, and five years later, the pair was hoping to buy his cruiser.
The Dodge Charger, which has 147,000 miles on it, was being auctioned off by the Weld County Sheriff’s office to raise money for C.O.P.S., an organization that “provides services for survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty,” according to 7news Denver.
“This is kind of the end of Sam’s legacy here. It’s the last tangible thing we have that he was connected to,” Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams told the news station.
Tanner started a GoFundMe page to raise money for his dad’s car and had about $3,000 by auction time. The car’s Kelly Blue Book value was $12,500, but after a few minutes of bidding, it was quickly out of Tanner and Chase’s price range.
“We don’t really have a backup plan,” Tanner said before the auction.
The car eventually sold for $60,000 to local rancher Steve Wells, who promptly turned the keys over to Tanner, telling him, “Here’s your car.”
Tanner (who drove his dad’s cruiser home the night of the auction) says he plans to donate the $3,000 he raised before the auction to C.O.P.S.