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Fallen deputy's son given keys to dad's car by generous auction winner

Steve Wells bid $60,000 for a fallen deputy's 2010 Dodge Charger, but it was what he did after his auction win that changed one young man's life.

Immediately after winning the service car (which is worth $12,500), Wells handed the keys over — to the fallen deputy's son, Tanner Brownlee.

"Tanner, here's your car," Wells said as he handed over the keys and gave Brownlee a hug.

"This is just so huge," Brownlee told NBC's Colorado affiliate 9 News. "Me and my dad built a fence and stuff, but having something that I can use and drive around that he drove around just means a lot."

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Brownlee, whose father died in the line of duty in 2010, told 9 News that he hopes the car will help his younger brothers remember their father.

"He put time and work into it. He drove it every day, and so to have something like that will be bigger than a lot of things I could have gotten," he said.

Proceeds of the auction will benefit the charity C.O.P.S. (the Concerns of Police Survivors), a national organization that provides resources to surviving families and co-workers of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.

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