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January 30, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Man repays State Patrol for gas — after 35 years

A Texas man has repaid the Washington State Patrol for a gallon of gas he received from a trooper over 35 years ago.

Trooper Guy Gill, spokesman for the Washington State Patrol, said the agency recently got a $10 check from Lloyd Koopman of Texas. With the check, Koopman sent a note saying a trooper helped him after he had run out of gas on a highway in King County.

Back then, troopers sometimes used siphons to transfer gasoline from their tanks into vehicles that were out of gas. The process has since been discontinued for safety reasons, Gill said.

Gill said Koopman had forgotten about the gas until he was recently cleaning out a toolbox, and he found a small envelope the trooper had given him.

On the enveloped, it said, “If you would care to repay us for the amount of gasoline (one gallon), this self-addressed, stamped envelope is provided for your convenience.”

Gill said Koopman, after finding the envelope, “just thought it was time to pay up.”

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