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Son of fallen deputy tries to buy his dad's squad car

Tanner Brownlee's father, Sam, was a Weld County Sheriff's Department in Colorado, and was killed in the line of duty in 2010. His Dodge Charger police car — valued at $12,500 — was auctioned off Wednesday, and Tanner didn't have enough money to outbid the winner, who paid $60,000 for the car. Then the unthinkable happened. The stranger in the back of the room who won the car walked over to Tanner and gave him the keys.


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Wow... that is really nice how Sam's son got all his stuff and kept it.. and what was even more amazing was what happened with the bid.

There are some good people out there... there is hope yet for this world!

Son of fallen deputy tries to buy his dad's squad car

Tanner Brownlee's father, Sam, was a Weld County Sheriff's Department in Colorado, and was killed in the line of duty in 2010. His Dodge Charger police car — valued at $12,500 — was auctioned off Wednesday, and Tanner didn't have enough money to outbid the winner, who paid $60,000 for the car. Then the unthinkable happened. The stranger in the back of the room who won the car walked over to Tanner and gave him the keys.


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Great...what a terrific thing to do for that young man - who clearly adores his dad.

But I'm curious - why would the bidding for a used/street legal (ie demobilized) squad car go so high?
 

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Great...what a terrific thing to do for that young man - who clearly adores his dad.

But I'm curious - why would the bidding for a used/street legal (ie demobilized) squad car go so high?
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Great...what a terrific thing to do for that young man - who clearly adores his dad.

But I'm curious - why would the bidding for a used/street legal (ie demobilized) squad car go so high?


Perhaps raise money for a charity or something? Great gesture by the buyer though.
 

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Government is pretty messed up everywhere - do police forces fund some of their own programs/equipment?

Up here, the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police, aka the Mounties, the fellows in red serge dress uniform..) were just charged for failing to provide adequate/appropriate equipment (body armour, carbines vs shot****, adequate training) following the death of three officers who tried to deal with an "active shooter" (media speak for nutbar with hunting rifles and an assault rifle).
 

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A sad state of affairs indeed. Like any police department, they are under so much public scrutiny as well as mounting pressure to cut costs which include equipment and training. From my point of view the police departments around the world are getting away from the concept and foundation of what policing was all about. Now it's fashionable to have specialist departments within the police force that deal with incidents that have very little to do with policing and lean heavily toward a para-military concept which is an entirely different specialization and mindset ;plus you are operating under a different banner than the military with a different set of rules in terms of 'use of force' and numerous constraints that the military don't have.

As you are aware the RCMP have had their fair share of criticism over the years but they are no different than any other 'police' force in the country. All officers carry a weapon, but they don't have adequate training in tactics and shooting skills because there isn't enough time to do it properly and when you have on the ground situations developing right in front of you there may be no time to be calling on the 'special teams' to bail you out who may be hours away from a situation that has already developed, and at the sharp end is the beat officer having to deal with it with a 'pop gun' and has very little knowledge in regards to containment plus if they are outside of an urban area they will have limited resources....but that is my opinion.

On a brighter note..when are we getting together.?
 
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