Brubaker honored for good deed

State Sen. Jim Tedisco presents Terri Brubaker with a New York state Senate Citation. Pictured from left are BrubakerÕs parents Barry and Nancy Hampton, Brubaker, Tedisco, Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino, and Mayfield Mayor Jamie Ward. (Photo submitted)

JOHNSTOWN—The local woman who found nearly $8,000 in cash “floating in the air” on Route 30A near Runnings earlier this month was honored Wednesday with a Senate citation for her actions to retrieve the lost money and return it to its owner.

State Sen. Jim Tedisco honored Terri Brubaker of Mayfield with a New York state Senate Citation for finding and returning more than $7,600 that belonged to the widow of one of the Schoharie limousine crash victims.

On Jan. 14, Brubaker, who is the village of Mayfield’s clerk and treasurer, was driving on Route 30A when she saw money floating in the air. Brubaker got out of her car and put her own safety at risk to collect the nearly $8,000 before it blew away, which came out of an envelope marked “Dad.”

Brubaker brought the money over to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office in the hopes that whoever lost the money would come looking for it. When Brubaker got to the sheriff’s office, the woman who lost the money, Kim Steenburg, also of Mayfield and the widow of Rich Steenburg, was there filling out a police report.

“There’s a saying that integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching. Terri Brubaker showed her true character and selfless integrity when she put her own safety at risk and went out onto a busy highway to collect about $8,000 in lost money and do everything she could to return it to its rightful owner,” said Tedisco. “Terri Brubaker’s good deed, I believe, brought a small ray of light into the life of Kim Steenburg, who, along with 20 other families, continues to mourn the horrific loss of their loved ones.”

By Josh Bovee

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