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Island man returns lost purse

January 24, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Pine Island resident Daniel "DJ" Hoyle was walking through the parking lot last Thursday at the St. James City Post Office when he spotted a small purse on the ground.

"It was very small and looked like something a lady would keep makeup in," Hoyle said. "I saw there was a cell phone and credit cards and some cash inside and thought about bringing it to the person's house. But I'm kind of a big guy and decided to check for the sheriff's at the Fire House. Their cars are sometimes over there. A lady at the fire station suggested I drop it off at the sheriff's satellite office in Pineland."

The owner of the purse, Dixie Byrne, was running errands and placed her purse in her lap. When she got out at the Post Office her small purse fell to the ground.

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Dixie Byrne and Daniel ‘DJ’ Hoyle.


"I ran in to get my mail and came back out and got in my car to go to the Winn-Dixie," Byrne said. "When I got to the Winn-Dixie, I realized I had lost my purse."

Backtracking to the Post Office the purse was nowhere to be found.

"I couldn't call anyone because we don't memorize phone numbers anymore," Byrne said. "Luckily I had my daughter's phone number taped to my refrigerator so I called her.

"Then I received a call that my purse was at the sheriff's station in Pineland," she continued. "Not only did I have my purse back in two hours, the credit cards, identification, cell phone and a large sum of cash were all there."

"I've had my wallet stolen and I know from experience what it's like to have to replace all of those things," Hoyle said. "I wouldn't want anyone else to have to go through that. It made me feel especially good because I know Dixie from when she worked at the bank as a teller some years ago."

"Daniel did such a great humanitarian thing that I think the good people of Pine Island should hear about him," Byrne said. "He's a very special young man and I appreciate what he's done."



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