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Former policeman’s badge returned after 10 months

Lost memento turns up at Murrayville post office

POSTED: March 10, 2012 11:00 p.m.
SCOTT ROGERS/The Times

Charles Bishop now can display his recently returned Tybee Island Police badge in the display case hanging inside his home alongside medals from his days serving in the U.S. Navy.

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Ten months ago, Charles Bishop lost his wallet after his car door swung open on the highway, nearly tossing him out as well.

The wallet contained Bishop's license, his Social Security information and about $200. But the most important item lost that day was the badge he wore as a major with the Tybee Island Police Department.

"I turned around and went back to look, but there was a lot of traffic. I couldn't find it," Bishop said.

The badge was a reminder of his 30 years on Tybee Island, carrying with it humorous stories about local incidents, and the dark day the chief of police was shot and killed in front of him.

Then out of the blue, Bishop received a phone call from the Murrayville postmaster. In a small sandwich bag left in the drop box was Bishop's wallet.

"She said ‘I'm looking at your pocketbook. They dropped it in our mailbox this morning,'" Bishop said.

There was no indication of who may have left it at the post office, only a note written on the outside of the bag that read, "Found in roadway."

"Everything was intact. All the cards were in there. Everything was there except the money, but that was all right. They probably needed it," Bishop said.

Bishop's badge was still in perfect condition.

He couldn't imagine who could have returned his wallet after so long.

"I can't picture somebody just throwing the wallet out. I feel that it was somebody who finally said ‘I'll just leave it in the mailbox,'" Bishop said.

With his badge returned, Bishop plans to set it in his shadow box with other Navy and police honors, where it won't go missing again.

"I'm not going to carry it no more," he said. "I'm going to put the badge in with the rest of my collection."

Among the medals and pins in Bishop's shadow boxes is a replacement badge sent by Tybee Island's current chief.

"I'm just glad to have my badge back," Bishop said.

 



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