A California Highway Patrol (CHP) sergeant became one family’s hero after the officer found $120,000 in the middle of the street and promptly returned the money to its original owner.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the female sergeant, who preferred to remain anonymous, was driving along a street in Concord when she came upon two bank deposit bags in the middle of the street. After making a U-turn to inspect the bags, she found tire marks indicating that others had run them over.
CHP spokesman Officer John Fransen told the Chronicle that the sergeant, who was off-duty at the time, immediately notified police, who were able to return the money to its original owner. The money in the bags turned out to be one family’s entire life savings.
“It was the right thing to do,” the sergeant said in a statement. “I am paid to uphold the law, and it’s my job to set the example, whether I’m working or not. I am happy to hear the rightful owner was identified and that the money has been returned.”
The sergeant will reportedly be commended in a private ceremony.
“Unfortunately, on too many occasions, our personnel do not pause to be recognized, as they feel they were simply doing their job,” CHP Golden Gate Division chief Avery Browne told the paper.