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Man loses ring, finds it at city landfill

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OKLAHOMA CITY (NBC) - It's about as improbable as finding a needle in a hay stack; in this case, it’s a wedding ring lost in a landfill.

An Oklahoma City man who has been married for 10 years lost his ring and he knew he had to be down in the dumps to find it.

Dr. Gary McNeill took his ring off and put it on the surgery table he was about to use, but he accidentally sent his ring on a journey.

A journey he would soon be taking himself. To the city landfill, the ring fell off that table and landed in the trash can.

"I went out to check the dumpster and they had dumped the dumpster,” McNeill said.

His ring was on a truck and about to make a life-long commitment to waste.

In fact drivers drop off 2,000 tons of garbage every day at this landfill. So to find this ring, the McNeills had to call in and get some help.

Shawn Cockrell with waste management picked up the phone. He's only had two of these lost ring calls in 17 years.

"It's not very often but when we do we do what we can to help them find it," Cockrell said.

He found the truck the ring was traveling on and told the McNeills to head over.

"Of all the places I take my wife to the trash dump,” McNeill said.

But the couple was careful not to make too much of the situation.

"I start cracking jokes and laughing hysterically,” Barbara McNeill said.

All they could do was laugh and dig.

“I tore this sack open and dropped it on a cardboard box and the ring fell out right on the corner of that cardboard box and I said ‘yes,’” Gary McNeill said.

An adventure to the dump makes the ring that much sweeter.
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