The sons of a fallen Colorado officer now have the keys to keeping their father’s memory alive.

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday auctioned off the patrol car of Deputy Sam Brownlee, who was killed in the line of duty five years ago.

Brownlee’s sons, Tanner and Chase Brownlee, raised money to buy their dad’s Dodge Charger, but they were outbid by a local rancher. Yet the moment that rancher Steve Wells won the car, he walked over to Tanner and handed him the keys.

“Here’s your car,” he told Tanner.

The $60,000 that Wells bid for the car will go to Concerns of Police Survivors, a group that helps survivors of officers who are killed in the line of duty.

Watch the emotional moment that Tanner got the keys to his dad’s car above.


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