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Man returns $125,000 that fell from armored truck

 

The Associated Press

 

FRESNO, Calif. -- A Salvation Army worker in California is being rewarded for his decision to return a bag containing $125,000 that fell from an armored truck. 

 

Joe Cornell tells The Fresno Bee he found the cash Tuesday after a Brinks truck pulled away from a red light in Fresno and left the sack behind. 

 

"I started crying and shaking," Cornell said. "Everything was going through my mind -- the good devil/bad devil thing. What to do?" 

 

Thoughts of the imminent arrival of his fourth grandchild soon helped him decide. 

 

"I thought, 'What would I want her to think of me?' That made up my mind right there," he said. "I got on my radio and called my boss. 'Hey, I found a bag of money.' " 

 

Cornell, 52, is in a Salvation Army substance-abuse rehabilitation program. His duties for the organization include working on donated trailers. 

 

"I went down there carrying the bag like I was Santa Claus," Cornell said. 

 

Brinks spokesman Ed Cunningham said he isn't sure how the truck lost the money, and he called the incident a security issue. 

 

The company will give Cornell a $5,000 reward and make a separate $5,000 donation to the Salvation Army.

 

 

 

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