White County, Mn. Sheriff’s Deputy reunites family with heirloom bear

October 23, 2015 A family heirloom passed from mother to son is something special. A small Teddy bear that once belonged to Ashley Trepp was given to her son Freddy who is now 5 years old was lost somewhere when the family was traveling Nashville back home to Minnesota, passing through Indiana. Heartbroken Ashley tried retracing the families steps and even called a pizza delivery company but she was out of luck. As a last resort she contacted the White County Sheriff’s Department.

As reported by ABC News Ashley stated she contacted the Sheriff’s Department and poured her heart out to the dispatcher. “We realized it was really gone and we were not ready to say goodbye and we were trying to figure out how to find it,” “It was a total last resort,” she said. “I thought for sure they would tell me that ‘You really shouldn’t be calling for this sort of thing’ but I was really thrilled when they told me they’d look for it and even more thrilled when they found it.”

The Deputy who received the call to make an area check understood how important it was to actually check and hopefully find the item and did just that.  Deputy Matthew White was very lucky to have traversed the roadway and find the bear on the road.

WLFI reported that White stated : “The bear was really important to them,” said Dep. White. “It was the mother’s bear that she passed down to her son.” Because of traffic and wind, Dep. White believed that finding the bear would be a long shot. However, it turned out to be a lot easier than he expected. “I put the car in park. Probably took one or two steps out of the vehicle and I saw the bear just lying on the side of the road,” White explained.

Sheriff Patrick Shafer said, “[White] took it serious, he went out and he put forth the time and the effort. And as a result we have a happy mother and son up in Minnesota.” Shafer adds the bear will be in the mail first thing Thursday morning, and Freddy’s mom is thrilled. “A lot of the calls we get, we don’t know what to expect,” said Dep. White. “This one, when you get a chance to make a huge positive impact on somebody, this kid will probably never forget this story.”

Ashley Trepp with bear in undated photo
Ashley Trepp with bear in undated photo
Freddy Trepp 5 lost his heirloom bear
Freddy Trepp 5 lost his heirloom bear
White County Deputy Matthew White recovering heirloom bear
White County Deputy Matthew White recovering heirloom bear
Photos Credit ABC News

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