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I received a phone call from a gentleman who was very upset that his ring was lost in a pond while he was fishing by the shore. He cast out his line and while he manuevered the rod forward, his beloved wedding band went flying off of his finger and landed at the bottom of the neighborhood pond where he was hoping to catch the big one. Unfortunately, he let the most important one get away!
Lazar was so upset. His wife had consoled him and told him to let the ring go and that he could buy an identical replacement wedding band. This did not sit well with him at all. It was not the same ring that was put on his finger by his beloved bride a couple of years earlier. They had been a loving couple for fourteen years and got married just under two years ago. Their anniversary would arrive just weeks after the ring was lost, which was another sad thought for Stephanie’s husband.
Lazar was determined to get this ring back on his finger even if he had to get in that pond and fish it out himself! And that’s exactly what he attempted to do. Before having to go to work on the first day that it was lost, Lazar got in the pond and used a rake to attempt to push the ring over to the shore. Sadly, after hours in the pond, his efforts failed. When he searched the large piles of mud from the bottom of the pond that he pushed closer to shore, there was no ring to be found. He had to go to work in wet clothes and messed up boots because he didn’t have the time to go home and change before commuting to work. When he got there, his boss allowed him to leave and return back to the pond where he was completely obsessed with resuming his search to get this priceless possession back on his finger. For the rest of the day, Lazar continued to try to retrieve the ring from the water, but round two of all of his attempts led to no recovery.
The next day, the determined warrior went back to the pond and continued his efforts until he realized that nothing was working and he needed to try something else. That’s when the frustrated ring owner searched online for a new approach and he located The Ring Finder’s Directory and contacted me in the early afternoon. My impression of this gentleman was that he was tired, worn out and distraught about losing his ring and he was worried that he would never wear that sentimental symbol of his love for his wife ever again. I felt so bad for Lazar and I could hear the passion for his wife coming through the airwaves. To be completely honest, I have never heard of anyone quite like this man’s love for a woman the way he expressed himself to me that afternoon. This ring represented his eternal love, commitment and obsession for his bride of almost two years and best friend for the past 14 years.
I said to Lazar, “Lazar, listen to me.” There was silence on the other end of the phone as he waited for me to share what I could do to help him. I pronounced the hope that his heart needed to hear. I said, “Your ring will be back on your finger tonight.” What happened next was completely unexpected and I have never experienced before what transpired on the phone after I made that declaration to him. Lazar broke down crying and wept uncontrollably, sobbing with tears on the other end of the line. I was on the verge of crying myself because the entire moment was so touching. This man found relief knowing that he would not have to replace his original wedding band with something that had never witnessed the vows made two years earlier. I was just blown away by the love he displayed for his wife.
He must have cried those tears of joy for a good five minutes before we finalized all of the details and worked out the time frame that I would be arriving at the neighborhood park where the pond was located. I was beyond moved by all of Lazar’s emotions.
It would be a good hour and a half drive from where I was coming from but I couldn’t wait to do this search and recovery!
Now, what you are going to read next is also something so special that I may never encounter anything like this ever again. Lazar decided to take off work for the rest of this second day of missing the ring and guard the pond from any trespassers. He would stay at the pond area and spend his time watching over the area where he lost the ring. And while waiting for me to arrive, he would contribute to the cleanliness of the park by picking up garbage while he expected me nearly five and a half hours later that night! I couldn’t believe it! He did not want any Intruders to take the space where his belongings were by the water, near to where he lost the ring in the pond! And, he also did not want anyone to possibly obtain his prized possession if there was any logical reason for someone to be able to get a hold of it from the water, let alone have knowledge that the ring was accessible in the pond! But when it came to his love for his wife and how special this ring had meant to him, he wasn’t thinking about any of the particular logistics described above, but only what mattered and that was to guard what was rightfully his like a lion over his own territory. I’ve never met or heard of anyone so passionate about a special personal item even as important as a wedding band. But we are not talking about any average person. We are talking about a man who was completely driven by love and only love for his newlywed bride, Stephanie!
In addition to what I described above, Lazar did something else that was so touching and so far outside the box of the norm! He asked me sometime early evening if I would like for him to provide any food or drink for me by the time I arrived at the park that night. I told him that a bottle of water would be great if he had it. He obliged and not only did he provide a bottle of water, but he kept his car running with the air conditioning on high blast for all five and a half hours while he waited for me and placed a bottle of water up against the vent inside his car so that it would stay as cold as possible until my arrival! I almost did not believe that he did this but his wife volunteered to tell me that this is what her husband actually did for me as she saw me drink some of the cold water from the bottle that he handed to me later that night! She said that he wanted the bottle of water to be as cold as possible for me just to make me happy, refreshed and blessed, and so he came up with the idea of cooling it inside his car in the manner described. Have you ever heard of anything like this? Talk about appreciation and kindness as a response to his gratitude for what I was about to do for him! I was so beyond touched by this!
As I drove closer and closer to the area which was somewhere north of Baltimore (pretty far out there!), I texted Stephanie (Lazar’s wife) my location and approximately the time when I was going to arrive at the park.
When I first got to my destination, I was on the other side of the pond and I could see the family (husband, wife and child) all hanging out by the water’s edge anticipating my arrival. I came around the other side and got out of the car and immediately Lazar and I greeted each other with a man-hug as if we were long-time buddies from years past! It meant a lot to me that he thought of me as someone close to him already with what I was about ready to help him with. I met his wife and child and soon after all of the greetings, I got all of my equipment out of the car and prepared for the water search that was about to ensue.
By the time I got in the water and positioned myself close to where Lazar recalled the ring entering the water, it was dark outside. I had my wetsuit on, headlamp on my head, my sand scoop in one hand and the metal detector in the other. I could not have had a better group of fans cheering me on! After just a few false targets that I pulled up out of the water, I finally nailed the signal that I was looking for! Instead of using the scoop to remove the object from the water, I decided to reach down with my hand and grab the target with my fingers under the metal detector coil. I was confident that I found what I was looking for because the object felt round and hollow in the middle! I pulled it out of the water and yes, it was the handsome diamond filled tungsten carbide wedding band that I was looking for! This thing was one heavy piece! For a minute there I actually thought it was something else besides a ring because of the extreme weight that it possessed. But just like the degree of love that Lazar had for Stephanie, so was the heaviness of this love story represented here coming out of the water!
I remember raising the ring with my hand facing Lazar who was at the water’s edge, and once again I will never forget that particular scene. The man broke down crying with tears of joy as he could see the wedding band facing him and it was just too much for him to take. He moved over to the grassy area away from the shoreline and he got down on all fours and wept with such an intense emotion of happiness! Immediately, his family came alongside him and touched his shoulder and embraced him so very lovingly.
I came out of the water and moved over to where everybody had congregated and filmed this moment of man and metal being reunited once again! At some point I really didn’t know what to express anymore because it was just too moving to say the right words just watching this man unload his heart of love and feelings of relief and gratitude. I embraced Lazar and we celebrated the return of the wedding band to his finger was placed back on his hand moments later.
I also had the privilege of returning to the water to search for their son’s fishing lure which got stuck somewhere in the pond while the boy was fishing earlier that day waiting with his father for me to arrive. It could have been a long drawn-out recovery because of all of the potential targets that were beeping on my detector screen, but the young man had a pretty good idea as to where the lure ended up and within a couple of minutes, I was able to bring his lure back to surface and into his hands it went! He was so happy!
That night searching for the wedding band and the lure was really something special for me which I will never forget. Lazar, his family and I bonded in a very deep way and I think we will always be friends because of the happiness that we all took part in receiving through the celebration of the return of Lazar’s ring. I will never be able to completely describe it with words because of how special everything was that night by the pond.
After taking some pictures together, we all packed up our things in order to prepare to leave the park. I smiled as I looked over and saw the family work as a team to pack up all of the camping chairs, and fishing equipment that was out by the pond for the entire day and evening.
We said our goodbyes with hugs and with the assurance that we would stay in touch with one another. I look forward to getting together with this family at some point to have a meal together and reflect on that memorable evening when we all celebrated the successful return of Lazar’s wedding band! What a special time it was for me to be a part of such happiness!
LAZAR’S WORDS OF HAPPINESS:
As any young married man would do, I made a mistake. I went fishing and during a botched cast, my wedding ring came off my finger. I jumped in the pond to try and save it but it was a failed attempt. After numerous hours of searching I had the idea of searching for people that could maybe help me find my precious ring. I googled “ring finders”. It lead me to The Ring Finders and Mr. Brian Rudolph.
I sent a text not thinking that I would get a reply and no more than 20 minutes later I received a phone call. I stated my name and told him what happened and before I could finish he said something so impacting to me and I’ll never forget these words! “Your ring will be back on your finger tonight”. I immediately broke down into tears. I never thought I was ever going to see my wedding band again. A few hours later and after a couple of phone calls back and forth I met the man that I spoked to on the phone. An angel. He
got set up as my small family watched. He got right to work and 10 minutes later he found my ring. It was unbelievable. This man saved my soul. I could never ever thank him enough!
– Lazar W Cooper
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On Thursday December 17th I received a phone call from a golfing buddy of mine. Eldon said that a friend of both of ours, Cleve, had lost his gold ring while running Christmas lights around the eve of his house. He wanted to know if I could meet Cleve at his residence. I advised him I would be there in about an hour.
I gathered my equipment and was at the residence in Early Texas within the hour. I met with Cleve and he advised the following had happened. On Saturday December 12th he had been installing Christmas lights along the eve of his house. He had finished, then went to the bathroom to wash his hands . At that time he noticed the ring was missing from his finger.
Cleve was almost 100% sure he would have lost it while installing the lights. He knew it was missing immediately after he finished, when he went to wash his hands. Although, he wasn’t positive it was on when he started. He strongly felt he would have noticed it being gone.
The lights were strung on the front and both sides of the residence. While facing the residence the left side had Holly Shrubs all along the wall and they were as high as the eve of the residence. The front had knee to waist high shrubs and the right side had no shrubs.
I began searching the ground with my Etrac. I searched for near 1 hour on the ground as much as I could with my Etrac. The next search would be conducted by me crawling up under the shrubs and between them and the wall. I had my Garrett AT Pinpointer for this search so I could get to the areas I had not been able to reach with my detector.
I crawled under and around behind the shrubs scanning the ground and up into the shrubs as far as I could reach . I had the AT Pinpointer set on the third level of sensitivety. It can reach as far as 6 inches or more with it set at this setting. Again, I searched for near an hour without finding the ring. The final search would be searching the top area of the tall Holly Shrubs.
I started near the back of the residence on the left side of the residence where the shrubs reached the eve of the house. I scanned all through the first shrub with the Pinpointer . It was clear, then the second and it was clear. I started on the final shrub scanning the side as I ran my pinpointer all around and into the shrub as far as I could reach. I then went around to the front side of the shrub at the corner of the residence. I ran the pinpointer in as far I could reach and I received a quick vibration and beep as I wiggled it around. I then slowly moved it around until I got a strong vibration and beep.
I had to part the limbs and leaves with my hands so I could see inside the shrub. A few seconds later I was able to see the ring sitting lodged between three limbs that came together. It was near the middle of the shrub and eye level to me .
I left the ring and went to the door and rang the doorbell. Cleve came to the door. I told him I needed to ask another question. He said he would be out as soon as he got his shoes on. I walked to the shrub where the ring was. Cleve came out and met me. I asked him if he had been on the roof any at all. He said no. I then said well I was just curious.
Cleve started walking back towards the front door and I said “While you’re out here look right here in the shrub and tell me what you see.” He had a puzzled look on his face. He parted the limbs with his hands and looked around for a few seconds. All of a sudden this big smile came across his face and I heard this excited voice say ” My Ring !! ”
I had left the ring as I found it so Cleve could see where he had lost it and allow him to recover it. At one point while I had been searching for the ring he had sounded as though he had given up hope of ever seeing the ring again. It had been missing for 6 days.
Cleve told me the ring was very sentimental. The ring was made from his Mother and Dads rings. One was 14 kt and the other 24 kt. the two were combined to make his ring, a size 15 !!!! the 5 diamonds came from his Dads ring and the 5 rubys came from his Mothers earrings. He said there was no way it could have ever been replaced.
I received a call from a friend, Ken, who is my Pharmacist. He asked if I was still doing the metal detecting stuff. I advised him I was still metal detecting.
Ken then said he needed me to find something for him but didn’t know if I would be able to locate it with a metal detector. I said ok what is it your needing to be found ?
Ken said he owned a house in the country near Bangs. His renters called and said the septic is backed up. ken said he went out and attempted to find the cleanout for the septic tank. He was not able to locate it and was thinking about having to rent a small trackhoe or backhoe to dig around and find the tank. Then he thought about me and my metal detecting service.
I told him septic tanks have rebar in them so there was a possibility I could locate the tank for him.
I met with Ken that evening and we drove to the property. We walked around the residence but could not find any sign of a septic line.
Ken had to get back to the pharmacy. I told him I would leave the sharpshooter stuck in the ground where I thought the best location was. He advised he and his renter would dig for it afterwards.
I used my Etrac , wide open on all metal and began a search. I conducted a 2 hour search around the residence marking possible locations with surveyors flags. I finished the search and had three likely spots . I reexamined each of the three spots . I decided on one spot that seemed to have the best shape for a septic tank. While running my coil over the location I could pick out the distinct shape but was getting an even stronger signal of about a foot diameter over the weaker signals . I stuck the sharpshooter in the ground over the stronger signal.
I contacted Ken by phone. I advised him I had covered the whole area and I had left the sharpshooter stuck where I believed it might be. He thanked me and said he would go out the next day.
I received a call from Ken the next evening. He was excited to tell me that I had marked the septic tank but the most exciting part was that I had put the sharpshooter directly over the cleanout. He was very thankful.
Ken commented how much time and cost it had saved him. He would of had to take off work and rent a backhoe then took the time to dig up his yard searching for the tank. Then there was always the possibility of damaging the tank or lateral line or something else while digging. That only adding to the cost.
They dug a little over two feet to the clean out. The septic service came in and cleaned the tank and all was flushing well again. Ken and his renters were all happy again.