After a Colorado sheriff's deputy was killed in the line of duty, his sons were given 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.

On "Fox and Friends Weekend," Tanner revealed that during the auction, he had given up hope as he was being outbid.

"If you get outbid, you're done," he said, adding that he raised money for the auction with a donations page on GoFundMe.

"I was just trying to reach out to everyone I could that could donate," Tanner explained. "A bunch of people did, and I thank them for that."

Tanner revealed that when he was surprised by being handed the keys, he couldn't find words.

"I was just crying. I couldn't even find words to express it," Tanner said.

He added that he and his brother plan on fixing up the Charger.

"I'm so excited. I'm going to try and keep up on that car, keep it as long as I can."

Watch the heartwarming "Fox and Friends Weekend" clip above.


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