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everyday heroes

October 29, 2014

My husband lost his wedding ring on Sunday. It was a beautiful day and he was playing football with our boys and friends at our school park. It wasn’t until later that afternoon that he realized he did not have his ring on.  I quickly sent out a note on our neighborhood Facebook page asking if anyone had a metal detector we could borrow. No one did, but we were lucky to have amazing friends and even neighbors we hadn’t met- come to the park and walk barefoot on the cold ground trying to help us find the ring that night. When it became dark, we headed back home feeling unsure that we would find it again.

Doing what he does so well, Tom started researching how to find a missing ring- there were many helpful sites- and a couple of them pointed us in the direction of contacting local hobbyists with metal detectors. Tom wrote to three people/clubs late Sunday night. On Monday, we offered a $100 reward at the school in hopes the kids would look at recess. By Monday afternoon, we still hadn’t found it.

Later in the afternoon, a man from Denver contacted my husband. He said he would happy to drive up (an hour drive) this weekend if he hadn’t found it. He has had a lot of success finding rings for people and even blogs about it. We checked out his blog and were totally impressed. What a nice guy!

The second call came from a man in Loveland who is retired and told Tom that if his ring was out in a field, he would find it for him. He had won all sorts of awards for his recoveries and couldn’t have been nicer. Tom told him he would gladly pay him a reward and he said “I don’t want a reward. I just want to get your ring back.” He met Tom at the field 30 minutes later. Over an hour later, I watched this man with his metal detector leaning down to the ground and Tom walking towards him. From a distance I saw them hug and I quickly told the kids “He found it!” We all ran to this man and hugged him. He couldn’t have been more humble. Tom knew he didn’t want a reward so we asked him if we could donate to a charity he cares about- and again, he said “I could tell how much this ring means to you so I wanted to come up tonight to help.” With that, he headed home.

Life Lessons. Everyday Heroes. People are Good.

I am purposely not sharing his name or his picture in this post as we feel that he didn’t want any recognition. If he does see this post, we want him to know this story has touched not only our family, but my neighborhood and friends. Thank you.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 29, 2014 1:04 pm

    What a great story! A true hero indeed!

  2. Beth permalink
    October 29, 2014 5:28 pm

    Beautiful story! So glad Tom got his ring back!

  3. Kelly khan permalink
    October 29, 2014 7:35 pm

    I love this story!! Just got chills reading it 🙂

  4. Nancy KD permalink
    October 29, 2014 8:06 pm

    Such a wonderful story – this is what it’s all about!

  5. November 3, 2014 9:08 am

    What a heart warming story! Thanks for sharing!!

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