All Tanner Brownlee wanted was something to remember his dad by. And for a fleeting moment, it seemed like his opportunity was going to pass him by.
The 20-year-old was getting ready to make a bid on his dad's Dodge Charger, a car he desperately hoped to recover after losing his father — a police officer — when he died in the line of duty five years earlier. The vehicle was being raised for C.O.P.S., Concerns of Police Survivors, a program designed to help families like Brownlee's who have lost someone in the line of duty.
"It'd mean a lot to me and my brother. We've been through a lot," Brownlee told ABC7. "If we do get it tonight, I kind of hope my mom will let me drive it around tonight."
Unfortunately, it quickly seemed like Brownlee didn't have a chance. The bids on the car rose quickly, and soon enough he was at a point where the price tag was far too large.
Eventually, the price went all the way up to $60,000, far more than the $3,000 Brownlee had raised on his GoFundMe page to buy the vehicle. Rancher Steve Wells was the winning bidder, and then he decided to do something that brought tears to Brownlee's eyes. He handed the keys over immediately.
"Tanner, here's your car," Wells says in the video below.