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Handy officer helps citizen retrieve keys dropped in storm drain

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Officer Dettman pries up the storm grate to help a citizens retrieve lost keys

MASON CITY – Police do not just arrest people – often times, they help, too.

This was the case Sunday afternoon in downtown Mason City. A man had dropped his keys in Commercial Alley, just outside the Hungry Mind restaurant. To complicate things, unfortunately, they had fallen into a storm drain.

Police were called, with the man stating the lost keys weren’t real far down the drain. Officer Brent Dettman dutifully appeared on the scene at about 1:52 PM to assist. According to bystanders, he tried a couple different ways to get the storm drain lid up and, eventually, was able to retrieve the man’s keys.  He was then on his way.

No one was arrested or taken to jail in this incident.

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Hello? Are my keys in there?
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Yep. I think they just might be down there.
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Let’s try this crow bar …
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Hmmm… what do we have here?
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And the mystery of the lost keys is solved.
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