"I was scanning the area, mostly for coins," he said. "I thought it was a piece of junk. Then, when I wiped it off and saw 'Deputy Sheriff' on it, I was really interested."
He contacted the Seminole County Sheriff's Office and the hunt to locate the owner of badge No. 6 began. Through an intense archive search, the Sheriff's Office learned the badge belonged to Aubrey Augustus Horan, who was the second person ever deputized in Seminole County.
"This is just so special. This is an important part of our history," Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma said.
It's also the oldest badge in the collection at the Museum of Seminole County. The only question left to answer is how the badge ended up where it did.
"During this period up through Prohibition, moonshine busts were sort of the bread and butter of work in the county Sheriff's Office," said John Bennett Lloyd, coordinator of the Museum of Seminole County.
For Bruce, the stories she heard from her mother about her grandfather hold more meaning now.
"Sometimes, I daydream about what he was like and all, and now I have a little bit more of an idea," she said.
Bruce said she is not sure why the badge was found all these years later. But since it was found, she has reconnected with family members she hasn't been in contact with for years.