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Kilgore couple's good deed goes viral on Facebook

By Richard Yeakley
Feb. 6, 2013 at 10 p.m.

Apparently some good deeds don't go unnoticed - especially when they're posted on Facebook.

The actions of a Kilgore family this past Thursday prompted a viral response from community members.

When Michelle Gregg and her husband, Shane, returned a wallet with more than $1,000 to the Kilgore Police Department, officers and Kilgore residents who read about the deed on Facebook took notice.

"I didn't turn it in to get attention," Gregg said. "I would hope anybody else would do the same."

Gregg said she and her husband, with two of their three children, spotted the wallet while driving down U.S. 259.

The couple picked it up - but didn't count the cash inside - and took it to the Kilgore Police Department.

She said it was important to her that she lead by example and that her children saw their parents do the right thing.

"I am glad they were with us, because it did set an example that no matter where you are, if you find something that belongs to someone else, you give it back," Gregg said.

The next day, a Kilgore police officer posted the story to the department's Facebook page along with the announcement that the wallet had been returned to its owner.

Kilgore Police Capt. Roman Roberson, a spokesman for the department, said it was the most interacted with post in the department's history on the social networking site.

More than 800 community members "liked" the post, with more than 35 people sharing the post and more than 45 comments posted.

Community members posted encouragement such as, "You are wonderful and teaching your children to be wonderful!!!", "Thank you for posting this. Good deeds so often go unnoticed, while we hear so much of the bad," and "What goes around comes around. She will be rewarded in some way. Great for her."

The post was one of many ways the Kilgore Police Department is trying to showcase good things happening in the community, Roberson said.

"Community care-taking and community relations are things we do a lot every day. We return found wallets pretty often, but we are trying to put the information out," Roberson said.

Sharing the good things going on in a community helps the community to work with the department, Roberson said.

"This story was popular for a number of reasons. People want to see something positive; it is a positive story has a good message behind it. It demonstrates good values and citizenship," Roberson said. We are proud to post stuff like that - we are not seeing those types of values; we need to see more of it."

The owner of the wallet was unable to be reached for comment; however, the Facebook post said "the owner was very happy and grateful to have her wallet returned along with all the money still in it."

Gregg said she simply did the right thing and isn't a hero.



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