A Central Point man has been honored by the Medford Police Department for doing a good deed during a routine walk on Wednesday.

A Central Point man has been honored by the Medford Police Department for doing a good deed during a routine walk on Wednesday.

Gale Lee Mattern, 61, was walking in the area of East Main Street near Hawthorne Park when he found a bank bag on the ground. The bag contained more than $2,900 in cash and checks.

Realizing that someone would be missing this amount of money, Mattern contacted a member of his church. This person accompanied him to the police department, where Mattern turned in the found money, Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said in a news release.

The department saw the checks were made out to Archie's Cleaners, located at 601 E. Main St. Hazel Mitchell, owner of the cleaning business, had spent the afternoon in a frantic search for the lost bank bag, Hansen said.

Mitchell drove to the police department, where she had the chance to meet Mattern and thank him for his honesty, Hansen said.

"The Medford Police Department applauds the actions of Gale Mattern and (we) encourage all citizens to emulate the honesty and caring for our community that (he) displayed."