Michigan made the news!
Ok, sorry, excuse my excitement here, but as a born-`n-bred Michigander, I just had to share this heartwarming story of how one boy played a part in saving an important piece of one couple’s marriage.
In early July of this year, LeLonnie Alexander and her husband were on a trip to Michigan’s famous Ocqueoc Falls, a waterfall in northeastern Michigan. Enjoying their romantic getaway, LeLonnie posed for her husband to take a picture of her in front of the waterfall. Smiling away, LeLonnie suddenly slipped, falling into the water with a splash.
She got up, still all smiles–until she realized that her wedding ring had fallen under the waterfall.
“My husband and I have been together all our life and [the ring] means eternity to me,” Alexander told WDIV.
Although she tried searching around the falls and in the surrounding water, she quickly realized her efforts were in vain and called off the hunt for her lost ring. She reported the loss to the local police and even put out the word on her social media accounts, hoping against hope that someone could help restore the marriage memento that meant so much to her.
Enter one young boy with a sense of adventure–and a handy set of snorkeling equipment.
Caden Gersky, a native of Tennessee, was in Michigan on a family vacation when he heard about the lost wedding ring. Donning his googles and snorkeling gear, he dove under the murky waterfall, where, much to his family’s astonishment, he resurfaced with the $4,000 wedding ring in hand.
“He came running out of the water saying, I got it, I got it!’” the boy’s father said in an interview with NY Daily News. “I couldn’t believe it.”
And even more heartwarming about this story is the young man’s honesty. He rightfully turned the ring into the police station, where it was reunited with one very grateful (and ever more careful) owner.
Oh–and Caden didn’t leave empty-handed, either. The woman and her husband gave him a $200 reward for finding their lost treasure.
Image via j & j brusie photography