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Surprising find displays parking valet’s integrity

Oct. 31, 2013, 10:21 AM

Vanderbilt University Medical Center valet parking attendant Derege Degene was on a normal run to the garage when he spotted an envelope on the Medical Center Drive sidewalk. He could tell there was something inside and took a peek.

Valet parking attendant Derege Degene never considered keeping the envelope of cash he recently found on Medical Center Drive. (photo by Joe Howell)
Valet parking attendant Derege Degene never considered keeping the envelope of cash he recently found on Medical Center Drive. (photo by Joe Howell)

 

“I pulled the little corner of the flap up and saw $100 bills,” Degene recalled.
But he never considered keeping the money. He turned the envelope containing more than $3,000 over to the Vanderbilt University Police Department, which located its owner.

“I thought it had to belong to a patient or visitor. People come to Vanderbilt from all over and have to stay for a long time. I thought that could be their money to survive,” Degene said.

Degene, a father of three, started working with Central Parking in 2000 and was stationed at Vanderbilt beginning in 2010.

Bill Newsome, manager of Valet Parking at VUMC, said Degene’s actions are a prime example of Credo behavior.

“I wasn’t surprised to hear about what Derege did. He has always demonstrated a genuine respect for everyone. We are very proud he is on our team,” Newsome said.

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