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PORTLAND -- A couple received what they called a modest inheritance, and instead of spending it on themselves, they headed to a local auto dealership and bought a van for a recently paralyzed police officer.

The couple, who wished to remain anonymous, bought the van for Portland police officer Paul Meyer and his family after seeing news about the officer's freak accident.

Meyer, a 20-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau, was paralyzed from the waist down after a tree fell on him during police training on Hayden Island last November.

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The man who contacted the Dick Hannah Toyota in Washington last week told the manager he watched the news about Meyer s injury and recognized the officer.

He said he'd spoken with Meyer once during a traffic stop, but outside of that short encounter, he didn't know him.

Nonetheless, the man and his wife donated a more than $40,000 Toyota Sienna minivan to Meyer and his family.

I'm not at a loss for words very often...but these people don t have a lot of money. I don't know what to say, said Brian Sanders, general manager of Dick Hannah Toyota.

Meyer was unavailable for comment today, but the dealership's general manager said he was incredibly touched by the move.

The dealership put this story on its Facebook page to spread the news of this pay it forward donation.

Thousands of people have been pouring out emotional online comments thanking the giving couple.

KGW reporter Erica Heartquist contributed to this report.

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