Written by Keith Blackmar, Public Information Officer, WCSO Thursday, 22 March 2012 17:58
A group of six French Canadians visiting Florida for two weeks found unexpected happiness when an act of kindness by a Wakulla County resident turned a disaster into a pleasant experience this week.
One of the Canadians lost a large sum of money and other possessions when he left his fanny pack at the Kangaroo convenience store in Medart after purchasing gas. Andre Lamontague of Quebec was cold after fueling up and decided to put on his chaps. He set aside his fanny pack and did not realize it was missing until the group of six Harley Davidson motorcycle riders got three-quarters of the way to Panama City.
Crawfordville resident Johnny B. Ross, Jr. found the wallet on Tuesday, March 20 and turned it in to WCSO Deputy Ward Kromer. Sheriff Donnie Crum met the grateful Canadians on Thursday, March 22 when they came back through Wakulla County to pick up Lamontague’s fanny pack.
Lamontague said he received a telephone call from the WCSO dispatch alerting him that the fanny pack had been turned in. When Lamontague originally called the convenience store, a store employee told him they did not have any missing property turned in, but when the call came from the sheriff’s office everything changed.
“I know I’m lucky,” said Lamontague in his heavy Quebec accent. “The money and the credit cards were all there.” He added that the two week vacation has been made even more enjoyable by the honesty displayed by local residents.
“It is fantastic,” added Andre’s friend, Raymond Morin. “That was unreal. Everything was there.” The motorcycle crew was planning to leave Wakulla County to visit the horse properties in Ocala before heading on toward Morin’s Florida home in Sarasota.
“I was pleased to be able to meet and talk to them,” said Sheriff Donnie Crum. “I am glad that they received such a good view of Wakulla County and I am proud of Johnny B. for what he did.”
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