North Huntingdon girl, 4, honored for good deed
A lost wallet made a long journey home after a detour in a police station, where a 4-year-old girl turned it over after spotting it on the sidewalk in downtown Irwin.
Haley Aubele noticed the purple wallet as her mother Marcy drove through Irwin. At first, Aubele didn't want to stop, but Haley insisted they retrieve it.
“Mommy, what if it was your or Daddy's wallet?” said Haley, recalling the drive.
Aubele glanced over at her daughter and immediately pulled over.
Dan Wensel, acting Irwin police chief, honored Haley's integrity with a special award during the council meeting Sept. 11. The commendation is signed by Irwin Mayor Dan Rose.
“Being a good citizen and putting themselves in that situation, they brought it to the police station,” Wensel said. “It's nice to see parents teaching their kids right from wrong.”
It was a Friday afternoon in August when Haley spotted the wallet on the drive to her North Huntingdon home. She and her mother stopped to pick it up and turn it over to police.
“I was surprised they turned it over with things still in it,” Wensel said. “Anybody could have taken the money out and tossed the wallet.”
The owner, a North Huntingdon woman, was ecstatic to have the wallet returned, he said. She lost the wallet on a walk through downtown Irwin.
The police department receives items on a regular basis, but lost or unclaimed money typically is not turned over, Wensel said. The owner was tracked down using the address on a photo identification in the wallet, Wensel said. A few dollars and a credit card also were inside.
Some coins fell out, Aubele said, when she picked up the wallet, but she put them back in and walked to the police station with her daughter.
“That made me feel good that we're teaching her the right thing,” Aubele said. “She wanted to carry it up to the police department.”
Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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