- Associated Press - Sunday, March 13, 2016

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) - When Drew Kosinar stepped up to be recognized by the Mercer County Commission, the commissioners lost sight of him for a moment.

County Commissioner Greg Puckett peered over the podium and remarked, “He must be down there somewhere.”

Five-year-old Drew isn’t very tall yet, but he did a big thing in late December 2015 when he found a stolen purse and helped return it to its rightful owner. For this selfless act, he was recognized March 8 with a resolution from the Mercer County Commission.

Drew, the son of Beth and Wayne Kosinar of Princeton, recalled how he and his mother came across the purse. On Dec. 30, 2015, they were taking part in the Love Where You Live, Keep Mercer Clean Campaign by cleaning up trash along Pisgah Road. Drew found the purse over the embankment.

“We went to pick up grabbers and trash bags, and we went to pick up trash and found a lady’s purse,” Drew recalled. He took it to his mother, who found a driver’s license inside. The purse also contained the owner’s hearing aids.

“It was over the hill. Somebody stole it and threw it over there. We kept calling, and she was real happy,” Drew said about reuniting the owner and her purse. “And she gave me a hug. She was so happy.”

The purse had been stolen two weeks earlier while the owner was at a local supermarket, according to the commission’s resolution.

“Now, Therefore, Be it Resolved that the Mercer County Commission wishes to commend Drew and Beth Kosinar for showing their civic responsibility by participating in the ‘Keep Mercer Clean’ Campaign and for doing a good deed by returning the purse to its owner,” the resolution stated.

Just before Drew and his mother left the courthouse, he hurried back into the commissioner’s room and told Puckett he needed to get some more garbage bags. His family plans to pick up more trash for this year’s clean-up campaign.


Information from: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, https://www.bdtonline.com

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