Lost Knife Returned After 22 Years



Bill Wall was a funny guy.

So when he dropped his knife as he helped build St. Luke Hospital’s Heart Institute he decided to make lemonade out of lemons. He wrote a note on a piece of cardboard with his name and hometown, saying he had lost the prized knife and to please return if found.

That was 1990. Bill Wall died three years ago.

But his son, Alan Wall, said Wednesday that he knows his father is still laughing. The heart institute is being redone for a new neuroscience institute and Greg Dunwoodie found the knife last week.

“This reminds me of what kind of guy he was,” Alan Wall said. “He liked to joke and do a lot of funny things. I can picture him dropping a knife and thinking it’s funny and dropping the sign down there.”

Dunwoodie was tearing down a wall when he found the knife.

“When I was doing my clean up, I found a piece of cardboard that said I lost my knife in the wall. I went and looked for the knife, and there it was,” he said.

A co-worker knew how to read the Wall family.

“I just thought if they were going to take the time to write a note after they lost a knife, I might as well take the time to get it back to them,” Dunwoodie said.

Alan Wall is in the construction business. He said he’s lost plenty of tools over the years. Some have been returned, some have never been found. He is very grateful to Dunwoodie.

“I was excited (to get the knife back) especially with him passing. It was kind of neat,” Alan Wall said.

Dunwoodie shrugs off the thanks.

“It’s just the right thing to do,” he said.

Copyright 2012 KCTV (Meredith Corp.)  All rights reserved.

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