By Calvin Palmer
The tokens of more than 50 years of marriage appeared to be gone forever when a New Jersey woman’s wedding and engagement rings were thrown out accidentally by her husband.
Bridget Pericolo, 77, of Parsippany, had placed the rings in a paper cup and husband Angelo, 78, threw them out with the garbage before leaving for work on Monday.
Realizing his mistake, Angelo called the sanitation department who were only too happy to come to his rescue.
The elderly couple, now in their 56th year of marriage, had to wait until the truck finished its route before anyone could search for the missing jewelry.
It wasn’t until 1:00 p.m. when the workers were able to sort through the truck’s trash haul at a transfer station.
“It took more than 45 minutes of digging, but we found them,” said sanitation official Michael Brotons, who recovered them with workers Edgar Lopez and Joseph McGee.
The sanitation workers had a few clues as to where the rings could be. The bag was about 32 gallons and it was tied by hand rather than secured with a wire or plastic tie.
“But after 10 to 11 tons of garbage, every black bag looks the same,” Brotons said.
The wedding ring was found first when it fell out of a garbage bag the workers began to open and the engagement ring was found shortly afterwards.
“I just kept praying,” Bridget said. “It was a miracle.”