PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - A Philadelphia police officer and a PECO worker helped a man get his wedding ring back after it fell in a sidewalk grate at 12th and Market in Center City over the weekend. The ring was his grandfather's that was engraved with his grandparents’ initials and wedding date.
The couple, Steve and Erin, were told nothing could be done until Monday when city hall reopened, so they took matters into their own hands and headed to Home Depot.
He was told that nothing could be done until Monday when City Hall reopened, so we headed to Home Depot and created a makeshift fishing pole out of dowel rods and a clothes hanger. We headed back to 12th and Market to get what was ours. pic.twitter.com/I6XOoMzYTV— Erin B. (@ErinJanune) June 4, 2018
This is what it looked like when they looked down the grate.
As a side note. Has anyone ever looked down a grate in Philly before? This one was about 12 feet deep and had a lovely layer of cig butts, needles, condom wrappers, cash, credit cards, and a few sets of keys. pic.twitter.com/9BELpMdfWF— Erin B. (@ErinJanune) June 4, 2018
According to Erin, they spent the next several hours face down on the grate, searching for his ring at the bottom. After only being there a few minutes, they spotted the ring and used the contraption to fish it out. Sadly, it wasn't the ring.
As they continued their search, strangers came up in an attempt to help them—tourists from Chicago, cab drivers, homeless people and a bachelor party.
In the end, it was Philadelphia Police officer Danny Leone and PECO worker Brian Naughton who saved the day.
Before too long, a Philly cop walked by. We stopped him and explained our dilemma. The cop radioed in to PECO and requested someone to come out. Soon after, our knight in shining armor (named Brian) pulled up in his PECO truck. pic.twitter.com/KIvgahpCfp— Erin B. (@ErinJanune) June 4, 2018
He donned protective clothing, used his tools to open the grate and meticulously combed the area using a flashlight. We laid on the grate above, helping him search. After what felt like an eternity, the flashlight hit a spot. Gold. Shiny. Reflecting the light. pic.twitter.com/9YdSa50BdT— Erin B. (@ErinJanune) June 4, 2018
Brian emerged from below victorious, my husband’s wedding ring in his hand. We all cheered- the cab drivers, the tourists on the street, and Philly cops who had come just to watch how this was going to end. pic.twitter.com/OXBMZcDKcR— Erin B. (@ErinJanune) June 4, 2018