6-Year-Old Boy Receives Outstanding Citizen's Award After Returning $2,000 He Found in the Street

Jasper Dopman was honored by his local police department.

Massachusetts police recognized a 6-year-old boy and his father after they turned in $2,000 in cash. 

Arlington Police awarded first-grader Jasper Dopman an Outstanding Citizen’s Award after he turned in the bank bag that belonged to a family-owned restaurant in the city. 

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Police said Jasper was walking with his father, Erik Dopman, on April 18 when he spotted the bag on the ground and pointed it out to his dad. 

Inside the bag was $2,000 and deposit slips from a local bank, police said. 

Dopman called the Arlington Police Department and turned the bag in. 

"This situation shows the very definition of good citizenship," Arlington Police Chief Fred Ryan said. "Jasper and his dad, Erik, demonstrated what it means to be part of a community by returning missing money to its rightful owner."

Bank officials led Arlington Police to Guadalupe Alvarez, an employee at Tenoch Mexican Food Corp., who confirmed that she had lost the bag earlier. 

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Jasper and his dad visited the Arlington Police Department on April 27 and were introduced to Alvarez and restaurant owner Alvaro Sandoval. 

"Erik imparted an extremely valuable lesson on his son," Chief Ryan said. "It is hard to imagine the panic and fear that sets in when someone loses a large amount of money for their employer. Jasper and Erik did the right thing, and I commend their actions in returning the missing money."

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