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Good Samaritan steps in to purchase patrol car for fallen officer's son

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GREELEY, CO (CNN) -

Five years ago, a teenager in Colorado lost his father.

Sheriff's Deputy Sam Brownlee was killed in the line of duty.

His son Tanner Brownlee said he wanted to have one more memory of his dad. He wanted his patrol car.

The only problem was, he couldn't afford it. That was, until a Good Samaritan stepped in to help.

Police said the original plan was to auction off the car outside the Weld County sheriff's office.

"We wanted to remember this car and the deputy who drove it in a little different fashion," said Sheriff Steve Reams, Weld County.

When rain rolled in, plans changed.

“This is a lot for a 19-year-old,” Tanner Brownlee said.

Now inside, Tanner Brownlee said he made a plan to bid on his fallen father's car.

Yet as bids rolled in, the price soared higher than he could afford.

“Oh well, we tried,” Tanner Brownlee said.

Once again, plans changed.

Steve Wells stood up in the back of the room and shouted “$57,000.”

Wells said he had a plan of his own.

"Sold your way, Mr. Steve Wells,” said the auctioneer. “Thank you very much! $60,000."

“Tanner, here's your car,” Wells said.

"This is just so huge,” Tanner Brownlee said. “I mean, me and my dad built a fence and stuff, but having something I can use and drive around that he drove around, it just means a lot."

With his brother Chase Brownlee by his side, they made a new plan and drove the father's car home one more time.

"It means so much to me,” Tanner Brownlee said. “I thank everyone for that."

The auction as a whole raised more than $70,000 for a charity that helps families of fallen police officers. The same charity helped Tanner Brownlee's family after his father's death.

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