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A Dry Ridge man recently went to great lengths to make sure a Tennessee couple had memories that will last forever.
When Scott Braunstein and a friend visited the Lost Sea Adventure in Sweetwater, Tenn., they noticed something laying in the grass — a photo memory card.
“It was blue and was laying in green grass and mulch,” Scott said. “It just stood out like a sore thumb.”
Unable to find anyone at Lost Sea who had lost the card, Scott left his phone number in case someone asked about it and said he would try to track down the owner himself.
Once Scott got back to his campsite, he uploaded the photos from the memory card and realized someone had lost something that was likely special to them.
“There were some very important pictures on it that I’m sure they really needed,” Scott said. “There were a lot of pictures.”
After sifting through the photos, Scott discovered one that had a van in it.
He was able to zoom in on the picture and get the van’s license’s plate number.
“With technology and everything else, I was able to track the license plate,” Scott said. “I pulled a buddy card out with one of the law enforcement people I know. He did what he could. Then, I guess he pulled a buddy card with one of his fellow officers and we were able to find the address.”
Scott wrote a letter to the owners of the van, which turned out to be Eddie and Teresa Faulkner of Powell, Tenn.
He asked them to call him because he believed he had something of theirs.
When they called, Scott verified that he indeed did find the Faulkners’ memory card, featuring hundreds of photographic mementos.
After about eight weeks of searching for the owner, Scott immediately packed the memory card up and sent it to the Faulkners.
“That may not seem like much to most people, but to us it was simply phenomenal,” said Eddie Faulkner. “He could have easily erased it and used it for himself, he could have thrown it in the trash or simply just forgotten about it. But, he went to a lot of trouble to get this to us and he never asked for anything. As a matter of fact, he would not even take anything when I offered it.”
The Faulkners called Scott once they received the package to thank him again.
“I want Scott to know how much we appreciate his honesty and willingness to help someone he has never met,” Faulkner said. “We just don’t find a lot of people in our society today that are willing to go to such lengths to help others.”
Scott said no thanks was needed.
“It was just me doing a good deed,” Scott said. “I’d expect somebody to do the same for me if I had lost something.”