6-Year-Old Boy Receives Outstanding Citizen Award After Turning in $2,000 He Found

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A 6-year-old Massachusetts boy has received an award from his city after turning in $2,000 in cash he found that belonged to a restaurant employee.

Arlington Police Department awarded first-grader Jasper Dopman an Outstanding Citizen’s Award after he turned in the bank bag that belonged to a family-owned restaurant in the city. 

The department took to their Facebook to share how proud they were of Jasper, stating he was “doing the right thing after he found what turned out to be a bank bag containing $2,000 in cash on the ground near a school.”

Earlier this month, Jasper was walking with his father, Erik Dopman when he spotted a cloth bag on the ground. Pointing it out to his father, the two soon learned that they had found a Leader Bank cash bag that contained cash and deposit slips from the bank.

Jasper’s father immediately called the Arlington Police Department and turned the bag in.

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As cited by the police department on their Facebook page, an investigation determined that the money belonged to Tenoch Mexican Food Corporation, which has restaurant locations in and around Boston. Soon enough, bank officials led the police to Guadalupe Alvarez, an employee at one of the franchises who confirmed she had lost the bag. The Police Department returned the missing money to the family-owned restaurant.

Last week, Jasper and his father visited the police department, where they met with Alvarez and restaurant owner, Alvaro Sandoval. Arlington PD then presented the young boy and his father with their Outstanding Citizen Awards and gifts from gifts from Tenoch Mexican Food Corporation.

Chief Frederick Ryan said the situation shows the “very definition of good citizenship,” adding that Jasper and his father demonstrated what it means “to be part of a community by returning missing money to its rightful owner.”

As a result, Dopman imparted an important lesson to his son, Jasper, who coincidentally attends the same school as Sandoval’s son.


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Tania Hussain |

Tania Hussain is a native of Toronto and a Hoosier at heart, studying journalism at Ball State University in Indiana. She has a mad love for fine cheese, film, music, and meeting people upon her many travels. When Tania’s not writing at Womanista, she can be found going for long nature runs, rooting for the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Cardinals, photographing sights and food, or writing for her online magazine, The Hudsucker. She is also a member of the Indy-based, Society of Professional Journalists—one of the oldest organizations in the U.S. that promotes and represents journalists.