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Hermiston Boy Hailed a Hero for Returning Valuable Heriloom

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HERMISTON, Ore. -- A Hermiston boy is hailed a hero for doing a good deed. 10-year-old Mason Smith says he didn't think much of returning something that didn't belong to him, even though it was worth thousands of dollars.

The boy found a gold coin and silver money clip sitting on a shelf at the Hermiston 7-11 several weeks ago. He immediately returned it to the clerk. "When you find someone's property, you've got to return it, instead of keep it because it's the bad thing to do," said Smith.

Turned out the clip and coin was an 1878 family heirloom belonging to Mike Driscoll, worth anywhere from $2,000 to $3000. Driscoll who was frantically looking for the clip was so glad it was returned, he asked to get in touch with the finder. "I'm touched by the gesture and there are good kids around. You always hear the bad, never the good, and he'd make a good role model for the kids his age," said Driscoll

Driscoll gave Mason Smith a $50 thank you reward and then contacted the Mayor to tell him his story. On Monday, Mayor Dave Drotzmann and Police Chief Jason Edmiston gave Mason Smith a Certificate of Appreciation. Mason says he's going to use the money to buy a pig for 4-H.