What if a household item was given away and you remembered that you left a large sum of money in it? Would you expect to ever see it again? Most cynical New Yorkers would say no. But not if the men who took your appliance were Michael Downer of Rosedale and Fred Alsterberg of Ozone Park, employees of Atlantic Recycling in Ozone Park.
Downer, left, and Alsterberg found and returned about $5,000 in cash to a woman who had left the money in an old refrigerator that a relative sold to Atlantic Recycling for scrap.
The two men were commended by Borough President Helen Marshall, above, on July 31 at Borough Hall for their honesty and their willingness to take the extra time needed to find the cash after the woman reported it missing.
Marshall told the men that they set a good example for others to follow.