When Jeremy Davey found some money in the street, his first thought wasn’t to keep it. It was to find the owner.
The 17-year Gulf Power service technician out of the Pine Forest office had completed a trouble ticket in a north Pensacola neighborhood recently and was pulling away when he noticed something in the road.
“I thought, ‘That looks like a bank envelope.’”
Jeremy hopped out of his truck and picked up the envelope. It was sealed, but he could tell there was money in it. He opened it and found $150.88.
“I could tell it had been run over a few times, but what got me was that it was sealed,” he said. “It was almost like someone’s check was cashed.”
He knocked on the door of the home closest to where he found the money, but the owner said it wasn’t his. So he stuck the envelope in his pocket and went back to the office.
He told Brad Butler, general manager – distribution, about his discovery and Brad told him to see if there was a bank nearby and check there.
So the next day Jeremy went to the bank, told the employees his story and they began checking their transactions. When he told them what street he found it, they found a customer who lived there and had cashed a check for $150.88 the day before.
They called the customer who confirmed she had lost the envelope and talked to Jeremy, thanking him profusely.
The woman, who asked that her name not be used, said she had just moved to Pensacola from another state about a month ago and she’s amazed by the friendliness here.
“I was so flabbergasted when I talked to (Jeremy),” she said. “Most people would have just taken the money. For him to show honesty and integrity was huge and he deserves recognition.”
Vice President-Power Delivery Mike Spoor called Jeremy to congratulate him and his supervisor, Toggy Pace, presented him with a recognition item from Brad, as well as Patrick Davidson, leader central maintenance and construction – distribution.
“Jeremy certainly did the right thing, which is one of our NextEra Energy values,” Brad said. “He’s always shown that kind of great customer service.”
Jeremy said it really wasn’t that big of a deal. He was just happy he was able to find the owner.
“If it had been me, I hope someone would have done the same thing,” he said.