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Posted on: August 4, 2023

[ARCHIVED] A Happy Ending at the Town Landfill

Wedding Rings Resize

Deer Park resident Fern O'Neal reunited with the Town sanitation workers who helped find her wedding rings at the town landfill last weekend for a story that appeared on ABC 7 New York

Thank you to the following Town workers who were involved in the search: Kim Weathers, Sean Davis, John Caldone, Aaron Mcinerney, Jaz Buchanan, Daniel Percudani and Casey Mutell. Thanks as well to Encon garbage truck workers Roy Morrow and Brandon Salim. 

Here's the full story Fern shared: I just wanted to give a shoutout to the sanitation workers who helped sift through “tons” of garbage this morning at the dump to help me find my wedding band and engagement ring that I mistakenly threw out in the garbage last night after cooking. 

I didn’t realize they were gone until this morning when I went to put them on before work. I had just missed the garbage truck that picked up this morning in front of the house and I was frantic! I called the town sanitation Dept. and was able to meet the garbage truck drivers at the dump who then proceeded to dump out all the garbage they had collected this morning.

After that, a crew of 7, 6 guys and 1 lady helped me dig through all that garbage (even using 2 excavators with the lady driving one of them to dig down under). Long story short, they helped scout out white garbage bags with the orange or red drawstrings (there were hundreds) and helped me rip through them so that I could see the contents of what may have been my garbage. 

Among other things, I remembered that I had thrown away a yellow French’s Mustard bottle last night. Don’t you know, 1 guy broke open a bag and yelled out, “here’s a bottle of mustard!!” Then held up paper plates I recognized! I started screaming “that’s my bag!” So he brought the bag down the pile to me and the nice lady who was helping and we started going through it. I got discouraged and walked away after a couple of minutes, having looked through a bunch of balled up paper towels in the bag because I had told them that’s how I believed my rings got thrown out. 

We had to have been looking at this point about 45 minutes and I was ready to give up. The lady was still squatting down next to me and kept diligently looking at the contents of the bag that had the mustard bottle in it and after a few minutes yelled out “here they are!” 

I looked down at her and sure enough she picked them up off the ground and held them up to me. When I tell you, I could’ve kissed her!!! She made my day, as I was literally sick to my stomach! Thank you to those kind, hard-working, and honest sanitation workers!

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