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Man loses wedding ring in brush bin, public works employees step in

Man Loses Wedding Ring In Brush Bin, Public Works Employees Step In
With a toss, a West Allis man thought his wedding ring was gone forever - but as it turns out, he found something else during his search.

"When we got married, the pastor blessed it. Very upsetting. Very upsetting," Brandon Villars said.

Villars found himself digging through a city of West Allis brush bin. Villars tossed some brush into the bin on March 15th - and his wedding ring went with it.

"You lose a ring in a bin full of brush and branches and you just think, 'man, this is gone!'" Villars said.

Villars says he conducted a short search, but had to go get his last load of branches.

He returned to find two West Allis Public Works employees trying to find his ring.

"Unbelievable! I never expected anything like that," Villars said.

The Public Works employees who helped are Richard Kaczor and Dale Landergott.

"We dumped it out. It was a slim chance of finding it," Richard Kaczor with West Allis Public Works said.

The three looked through the large load until a little later than quitting time, when they decided to call off the search, clean up and head home.

"We had to take the loader and scoop up all the brush that they had gone through, and on the last, very last scoop, is when we found it!" Dale Landergott with West Allis Public Works said.

Lo and behold - Villars beloved wedding ring.

"We've retrieved many things, but never a wedding ring," Kaczor said.

Villars says he's relieved to have the ring back, and thankful for the kindness of two strangers.

"Absolutely grateful. I didn't have any words to say. I was like, you know - thanked them as much as I possibly could. I mean, that was just amazing!" Villars said.

Villars says he's been told city employees are not allowed to accept gifts - but he says he plans to show his gratitude by writing a letter to West Allis' mayor.

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pagebassman March 26 2014 at 3:41 AM

City employees not being able to accept gifts is horse ****!!!! You know dam good and well the mayor and ALL of the city councel are takeing gifts and bribes around election season and everyone knows it.

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dafocusman pagebassman March 26 2014 at 4:00 AM

It is not a bribe when they accept a donation to their election fund!

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rozym786 March 25 2014 at 10:07 PM

ME TOO reminds me of my diamond engagement ring fell in the trash at work, the garbage man saw it and handed it to me,since it was my trash bin right under my foot,as one girl office, some people are pretty honest the day they were born.

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ppllaanntt March 25 2014 at 8:11 PM


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kwadwonyc March 25 2014 at 7:05 PM

Excellent story. One question, where's West Allis? Unfortunatelly, a lot of internet stories posted eith make assumptions about common knowledge or omit information that rounds out the story. It can happen to any of us who is self-editing, but it is something readers and writers need to consider if journalism as a pure form of information dissemination is to survive. Particularly in the permissive, "don't judge", anything goes world we no live in. (Just some barely related food for thought.

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mark kwadwonyc March 25 2014 at 8:40 PM

The only West Allis I know of is outside of Milwaukee, WI

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mjeanh4 kwadwonyc March 25 2014 at 10:46 PM

In Wisconsin, right on the border of Milwaukee, 10 miles from the shores of Lake Michigan. I live there. The bins used to dump the branches are huge and they are constantly emptying them out to the choppers for wood chips. I am befuddled they found this ring. I use these bins all the time, we wait in lines to dump branches. I think because it is the very beginning of the season of dumping branches and not many people are doing it yet is the reason these guys had the time to search for this ring. The guy is lucky, very lucky.

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WOODY YOU DOG!!! March 25 2014 at 6:53 PM

Well there ya go....., 2 city workers.... Salt of the earth men went the extra yard, & saved the day.....THANK YOU !!!!

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Sherrie Dobbie March 25 2014 at 5:07 PM

It's so nice that it means such a great deal to you. So very glad you have it back. Godspeed.

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hey March 25 2014 at 3:09 PM

good people do exist, when you read the news you bein to wonder

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momsdup March 25 2014 at 11:51 AM

Way to go West Allis City Employees who helped the man find his ring. The mayor should award them a commendation and have it televised for all to see there are some good city employees!!!!!!!!!!!

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calvinr momsdup March 25 2014 at 1:03 PM

true...but this is reality, they probably got docked in pay for the time they were digging inna trash, and not doing their jobs!

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Gary Astorino March 25 2014 at 12:31 PM

Now that's how public employees should act. Great guys. No gifts but if you are allowed to buy the entire office staff some small lunch like pizza or something that should be allowed.

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Debbie March 25 2014 at 5:43 PM

City workers are good....there are always a few in a crowd that isn't....Thank God that they were able to fine it....and no they wouldn't of found it on the bottome of the ben after they dispose of the brush because they pick the whole thing up at the dump or wherever and dump it completly...everything goes.

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