Joe Cornell was doing volunteer work for the Salvation Army, “watering my plants and my trees when an armored car stopped at the corner."
When that Brinks truck pulled away from the stoplight, it left behind a bright orange bag.
Joe picked it up and found it contained $125,000 in cash. "I started crying and shaking," Cornell told KMPH in Fresno, California.
"Everything was going through my mind, he continued. “The good devil/bad devil thing. What to do?"
Cornell said he had a total of $1 to spend on lunch that day, so the idea of having all that money was appealing.
But only for a moment as Joe thought “what type of man do I want my grand kids to think I am?"
He continued, "I want them to think I'm a just man that does the right thing and I did the right thing."
So Joe told his boss about the bag and together, they called police.
The officer who responded told Joe he was “one in a million.”
Brinks agreed, and they’ll give him a $5,000 reward to prove it. But that’s not all.
They’ve committed to giving another $5,000 to the Salvation Army.
That’s important to Joe because he doesn’t just give his time there, it’s also where he goes to rehab.
"I’m trying to finally clean it up," he said. "I've been battling this for a long time."
He may have just taken a big step toward winning that fight.