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Florida Officer Saves Christmas For Family After Finding Presents On Roadway

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File photo of a Christmas tree. (credit: ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

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MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — John Russo’s seven great grandchildren will have presents under their Christmas tree thanks to an alert Monroe County Sheriff’s Office commander.

As he was driving on the Florida Keys Overseas Highway Friday, Captain Gene Thompson spotted a large container near the Seven Mile Bridge. He stopped to investigate and found it contained wrapped presents.

Tags identified the gifts “From Grandma and Grandpa Russo.” Thompson surmised they were from a Keys resident. A search was launched for the owner by sheriff’s office dispatchers and local radio station WWUS.

Russo said he had been heading to Bradenton when he had stopped his pickup truck to add ice to a cooler. He set the container aside and forgot about it.

Thompson says he’s traveling to the southwest Florida and will deliver the gifts to Russo Saturday.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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