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Wisconsin man goes above and beyond to return lost wallet to stranger hundreds of miles away

Sturgeon Bay (WQOW) – A Wisconsin man did everything he could to get a lost wallet to its rightful owner.

We keep lots of things in our wallets. IDs are important, so are our bank cards. If you’re like John Schlough, you keep sentimental items in there too. In his wallet was a $2 bill from his grandmother who died many years ago.

It made losing his wallet that much more upsetting. The Schloughs live in the Madison area, but they were in northern Wisconsin. As WBAY reports, they were driving back home when John’s wallet, which he had forgotten on the back bumper, flew off the car while they drove.

Luckily for John, Danial Thiry was there. And it was just dumb luck. An employee he works with had called him and said his car didn’t work. So he headed in that direction instead of straight to Midwest Wire where he works.

It was on that drive to help the employee that he saw a wallet flying off a car. “I see the next car ahead of me hit it, and as I was passing, there was money floating in the air.” Danial was only about three vehicles behind John.

It was rush hour, but the heavy traffic didn’t stop Danial from parking his van and walking right into traffic. “Blowing their horn, some were flipping me off, some were just slowing down and being courteous.” Danial spent about ten minutes collecting all the items that had been strewn everywhere.

Then, he turned the wallet in to the Sturgeon Bay Police Department. They notified John. “I thought wow, that’s good, that’s great, that’s unbelievable,” John said. “We weren’t sure what was going to be in it.” But not a single thing was missing: Danial had managed to collect everything John had in his wallet, including that special bill from his late grandmother. “I thought that maybe she’d sent Dan as an angel that was looking out and wanted me to have my $2 bill back.”

John took his grandson to meet Dan. It took him a while to get Dan to accept some money as a sign of gratitude for his kind act. Dan didn’t do it for the money. “Someday I might lose my wallet, and I want somebody to go the extra mile for me, to go out of their way to make sure I get my wallet back.”

Savanna Tomei

Savanna is the 6 p.m. producer and co-anchor, and also anchors the 10 p.m. newscast.

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