PUEBLO – Rodney Reed couldn’t be more relieved. When his backpack was stolen from his car last week, he thought he’d lost his skydiving log book forever.
He told us yesterday how invaluable it is because it contains notes about his jumps from a very dear friend and skydiving mentor who passed away two years ago.
Rodney received an email this morning from a man who had the book and wanted to return it.
“Oh, I’m over the moon,” he said. “I got my book back!”
That man was Chris Turner. He explained he that bought a used vehicle and found the book laying inside. He hadn’t seen our story told us he didn’t know what the book was but figured it was important because Rodney put his email address on the cover.
“I didn’t even open it up and look at what it was, I just immediately messaged him and he responded back and it went from there,” Chris said. “I still didn’t look at it until he showed it to me.”
Chris turned down Rodney’s offer of a cash reward. He said he just wanted to do the right thing.
“I need the money, but I just, I figured he got what he needed and I got what I needed by helping him.”
So, Rodney has another idea on how to show Chris his appreciation. He plans to take him skydiving.
“This is what we talked about yesterday about this community and the people here,” Rodney said. “This world is okay.”
A viewer contacted our newsroom last night after the story aired. She was moved by Rodney’s emotional story and wanted to give him money to increase the reward amount. That viewer wishes to remain anonymous, but Rodney said the three of them plan to get together at some point in the near future.