Firefighters Find And Return Ring That Survived 2 Fires
When they heard the extraordinary story behind the ring, they knew they had to share it.
If you were forced to leave your home because it was in the direct path of a wildfire, what would you bring with you? Photos? Electronics? Antiques?
This is a question that a lot of people have had to ask themselves (and answer rather quickly) when they were forced to evacuate their homes during the California wildfires.
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Last week as firefighters worked to put out a fire in a Los Angeles neighborhood they noticed an unopened jewelry box in the front yard of one of the burned out homes. When they opened it and found a beautiful ring inside, they knew somebody would be looking for it, so they took it back to the station with them.
A few days later, the firefighters discovered out who owned the ring and when they returned it to her, they were shocked to hear the extraordinary story behind it.
In a post shared to the LAFD Facebook page , they told the story of the ring's history, and how it belonged to a woman whose house was destroyed by the Bel Aire fire, in the same location, in 1961. The house had been rebuilt and, sadly, was destroyed again in the recent Getty Fire.
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"That ring belonged to [the owner's] mother who lived in the home when it was destroyed in 1961 and this ring, it was the only thing that survived," the LAFD wrote. "Her mother was with her in the home when they had to evacuate last week. And now, the ring is again the survivor's finding its way to a spot where firefighters 'rescued' it."
The firefighters said that the woman was speechless when they returned the ring to her, and that she was "beyond happy" to have the ring back.
While evacuation orders have been lifted and most residents have gone back to their homes, the community still has a long way to go to recover from the fires. The LA fire fighters are just happy they were able to bring some light to a family who thought they had lost everything.
"Among the stories of heartbreak and devastation, these moments lighten our hearts," they wrote. "We hope this beloved family heirloom continues to bring joy and smiles to its family."
If you're close to Ventura County, consider donating household items and clothing to The Salvation Army Ventura Corps.