MADISON (WKOW)-- What seemed like a scary situation with a suspicious package turned into a heart-warming story at Madison Metro Transit.
Workers were immediately suspicious of what might be inside of an oddly wrapped shoe box that was delivered to their office Thursday afternoon.
"We decided to bring it out here because there's no people in the immediate area," transit general manager Chuck Kamp says while sitting in the office lobby.
Police showed up within minutes to inspect the package. An officer shook it once and decided it was safe to open.
"It went from being a little bit of a nervous experience to a very touching and warm experience that this family touched base with us and allowed us to connect with our history," Kamp says.
The box contained two old buttons, an old Metro Transit hat and an antique hole punch.
"This punch would've been used by the driver as he was clicking off a transfer to mark the different times," Kamp says.
At the bottom of the box workers found a letter that explained how the items belonged to a former driver who retired back in the 70's and is now battling Alzheimer's Disease.
" Although he doesn't remember his ten years of driving a bus for Madison Metro, I know he really enjoyed working for Madison Metro," Kamp says while reading from the letter.
Family members sent the package all the way from Edina Minnesota. In their letter they explained how they felt the people at Madison Metro would have a better appreciation for the history of these old relics.
"If you look at the way this brim shines and this badge stands out on his hat, clearly this was an employee that took a lot of pride in providing a good service and an attractive presence to the community," Kamp explains.
An employee who no longer remembers his days of driving a Madison bus, but obviously cared enough to hold onto these items for more than 40 years.
"He obviously cherished his time here and they wanted us to know that," Kamp says.
All of the items are going to be displayed at Madison Metro's administrative offices. Managers say it will give workers an interesting history lesson when they come to the office. Managers sent a letter to the family in Minnesota thanking them for the gift.
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