When a child loses a parent, it’s only natural if they want something to remember them by. Photos and memories are important, for sure, but it can be an extra comfort to have something tangible that has sentimental value. So after Weld County Deputy Sam Brownlee passed away, his cop car came up for auction – and his son Tanner knew he had to have it.
In November 2010 police went in fast pursuit of a stolen vehicle in Morgan County, Colorado. Speeds subsequently exceeded 100 mph in a chase that lasted more than an hour. The hunt eventually crossed into the Weld County jurisdiction, which is when Deputy Brownlee and his colleagues joined in.
An attempt to disable the stolen vehicle was unsuccessful. However, the pursuit eventually came to an end when the car’s tire blew. The suspect’s car was then encircled by officers, at which point shots were fired and Brownlee was hit. Tragically, the cop didn’t survive his injuries. He left behind his second wife and two step children as well as two biological sons, Tanner and Chase, from his first marriage.