KNOX — As we honor those who sacrificed their lives for our country, a gas station in Knox is trying to help one veteran who left something behind that workers want to return.
Employees of the Phillips 66 in Knox, Indiana, don’t recognize the man, but what he left behind is unmistakably recognizable.
A constant flow of people walk through the doors or pump gas at the gas station every day and often things get left behind.
“A lot of times cards, keys, anything,” said Angelica Akers, Osborn’s Mini Mart employee.
Usually people will remember and come back, or workers will catch them before they leave. However, there’s one item these employees are working hard to return. A walking cane with a Marines emblem.
“If that was me, I would want somebody to hold onto it and I don’t want us to be known as somebody who just throws away available stuff like that,” said Akers.
Employees said a veteran left the cane by gas pumps last week. Even while reviewing the video, workers could not identify the man.
“We get so many people so it’s really hard to remember everybody that comes in,” said Akers. “They said they did see him and they have yet to see him again or they would’ve noticed.”
In an effort to find the owner, an employee posted the story to Facebook. It now has more than 6,000 shares.
“I shared it right away and was hoping that the man can see the post or somebody that knows him and return it to him,” said Cyndi Dalton.
Dalton shared the post online. She knows that cane has probably more meaning to it.
“My husband is a Marine and I know how important those types of things are for them,” she said.
Until the man comes back to get it, the cane will remain behind the registers, protecting it for a man they say protected us.
“Basically thank him in a way as well. We hold onto your goods because you’ve done so much we don’t want to just toss something away,” said Akers.
The employees said they are planning to check with the local VFW. We stopped by there and a few people thought the cane looked familiar, but they couldn’t match it to the owner.