Brothers find deputy's lost badge after 30 years

Crow Wing County Sheriff's Captain Joe Meyer poses with Zeke and Rex Larson, who found his lost badge. (Photo: Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office via KARE 11)

NISSWA, Minn. (WTHR) – Captain Joe Meyer will never forget his first badge with his name engraved on it.

When he lost his badge in the snow after helping a driver who had slid into a ditch, he was determined to find it.

On that cold wintry night, when he returned to the office after helping the driver get out of a ditch, he noticed that his Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department badge that was pinned to his winter coat was gone.

The next day, Meyer returned to that scene and searched for hours in the snow to find his badge with no luck.

Meyer says he never stopped thinking about that badge.

"Every time I drove past this place I thought that unless somebody found it and never said anything, that badge was still here," he said in a video posted on the department's Facebook page.

Turns out, all Meyer needed to get his badge back was a pair of sharp eyed kids on bikes.

Zeke and Rex Larson were riding a trail near Nisswa that happened to be along the area where Meyer had lost his badge 30 years ago.

When one of the boys spotted something shiny and out-of-place, they dug it out of the dirt and brought it home to their dad, who knew the deputy.

Shortly after, the boys' dad made a call and the badge, a bit tarnished and missing a Minnesota state seal but otherwise in good shape, was back in the hands of its rightful owner.

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