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    us
    Feb 2012
    God's Country
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    My First Class Ring Return!

    Two weeks ago I started my Sunday morning off as usual by hunting a large city park that has produced some nice rings in the past. I was getting ready to leave to meet up with another fellow to hunt elsewhere when my coil passed over a solid target. My AT Pro was showing a solid 47. The sprinkler heads at this park also show a solid 47, but this object pin pointed like something much smaller than a sprinkler head. Out of the ground comes a large ring which I could tell was a high school class ring.

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    Luckily the ring had a full named engraved on the inside. Unfortunately when I searched for the name online I found an obituary where the name matched exactly and the age was correct for someone who would have graduated in 2003. I posted a picture of this ring on a Facebook metal detecting group and immediately a fellow by the name of Dan offered to help me search public records to locate the family. We were able to locate the parent's home address but no phone number or email. I confirmed on my city GIS program that the parents still owned the home at that address. So I typed up a letter with a picture of the ring (only showing the side with the name) and asked if they though that this ring may have belonged to their son. I also asked if they did think it was his, to email me confirming the high school and graduation date, and I would be glad to return it to the family.

    A few days went by and Dave Sr. (the father) sent me an email confirming that this ring did formerly belong to their son. I met up with them this morning to give it back. The mother was quite emotional as her son had passed away two years ago this month. They offered me some money as a reward for finding it, which I thankful for but declined. The good feeling of returning the ring to the family is worth far more than money to me.

    This is my third ring return, and my first high school class ring return and hopefully I'll have this opportunity to return many more in the future.

    Before I gave the ring back I cleaned it up real nice. Here are a few pictures of the ring and the parent's, and the former owner.


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  2. #2
    us
    Mar 2013
    Tennessee
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    Very nice job!
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    us
    Dec 2014
    Ashland, Ohio
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    I bet the ring means so much more to his parents then it ever could to someone finding it. Great job spending the time to find them and get it back to them. Nice story.
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    Mar 2005
    Canada
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    Good job Jeremy! You made the kids day and gave out hobby a great reputation.
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    Wife + 4 kids (no grandkids yet)Orthopedics RN, photagraphy,writer, build electronic gizmos, previous hot air balloon pilot, coin collector for 40 years.

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  5. #5
    us
    Oct 2014
    florida
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    Awesome experience and thanks for doing the right thing.
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    Feb 2010
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    Good Juju to you for this. Very nice act of kindness.
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    us
    Feb 2015
    Oklahoma
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    Wonderful recovery and great ending.
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    Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand. - Tribe Unknown. Those that lie down with dogs, get up with fleas. - Blackfoot

  8. #8

    Jun 2012
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    Very nice thing you did there for the family. Bravo!
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  9. #9
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    us
    Oct 2014
    Massachusetts
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    Congratulations on the ring recovery/return. Your kind deed will never be forgotten by the parents.
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  10. #10
    us
    Feb 2012
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    Thanks for the kind words everyone. I can't think of a better way to honor Charles Garrett than by using one of his detectors to do something good in this world.

  11. #11
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    Darrin

    May 2013
    Minnesota
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    Great job Jeremy! It's such great feeling to return those rings. Thanks for doing the right thing!!!!
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    us
    Sorry Honey, I canít. Iíve got plans with my metal detector.

    Nov 2013
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    Yet to find a class ring myself, but I know the pride in returning one must be awesome.
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    EVERY COIN, SILVERS, AND TOKENS FOUND IN FLORIDA I SOLD...STARTING FRESH IN MARYLAND

  13. #13
    us
    Mar 2011
    San Diego
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    Great Job Jeremy! I know the feeling.....even after over 50 returns I've made, it never gets old!
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  14. #14
    us
    Jan 2015
    Upstate NY
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    I love hearing stories like this. I get all choked up. I hope that one day I can do this for someone too. Thanks for sharing.

  15. #15
    us
    Jul 2008
    Minnesota
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    This is so awesome! I bet that mom rarely takes that ring off. A great memento of her son with her every day.
    2MN

 

 
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