Officer makes the right call when he spots couple using DIY method to recover ring from grate

When City Hall was no help they went to Home Depot.
July 6, 2018 1:57 pm Last Updated: July 6, 2018 2:19 pm

The next time you come across a sidewalk grate stop for a moment and take a look down it. What do you see?

While a grate’s main purpose is for ventilation, it is also great for storing phones, keys, money, and other various small items.

The openings are just large enough for a variety of objects to slip right through into an abyss.


Erin and her husband Steve were walking around Philadelphia when suddenly something happened that could only occur in a romantic comedy.

“My husband’s wedding ring flew off of his hand and rolled away and down a Philly sidewalk grate,” Erin wrote on Twitter.

And it wasn’t just any old wedding band, it was Steve’s grandfather’s that had been engraved with his initials and his grandparents’ wedding date.

So, getting the ring back from the never-ending dark hole was a top-priority.

The city was unable to offer them help, so they took the DIY route.

Since it was Friday night Steve was told nothing could be done about his dilemma until Monday morning when City Hall reopened.

The couple decided to take matters into their own hands and went to Home Depot where they bought supplies to make a homemade fishing rod.

It was a daunting task, but one that needed to be done.

Once their makeshift fishing pole was assembled they got up close and personal with the sidewalk grate and fished around the discarded cigarette butts, needles, condom wrappers, and credit cards for Steve’s ring.

“After only being there a few minutes we spotted the ring and used our contraption to fish it out,” Erin shared.

But as they slowly pulled the ring to the surface they realized it wasn’t Steve’s wedding band.

They spent “several hours” searching for Steve’s ring.

As they continued their search and rescue effort, Erin recalled strangers offering assistance.

Finally, after the tourists and the bachelor party were unable to procure the special ring from the depths of Philadelphia’s sidewalks, a police officer happened to walk by.

The couple alerted him to their problem and rather than dismissing them he called PECO, an energy company which services southeastern Pennsylvania.

A Philadelphia police officer and PECO employee offered the most help.

After Brian, the PECO employee, arrived he suited up in “protective clothing” and disappeared beneath the sidewalk.

Erin and her husband lay on top of the grate and helped Brian look as he swept his flashlight back and forth through the darkness below.

“After what felt like an eternity, the flashlight hit a spot. Gold. Shiny. Reflecting the light,” Erin wrote.

Brian was able to find the tiny ring among the garbage and return it to Steve.

When Brian finally emerged from below ground he was greeted by cheers and an insanely grateful couple.

“Yesterday could have been an incredibly sad and disappointing day, but instead it became a shining example of generosity, perseverance, and what it means to live in the City of Brotherly Love,” Erin wrote as she thanked all of those involved, even the strangers who stopped.