PUBLISHED: 12:19 EST, 24 August 2012 | UPDATED: 12:21 EST, 24 August 2012
When Danielle Carroll realised with horror that she’d accidentally thrown her wedding ring away she desperately reached out to a city Parks Department worker to help her find it.
The chances of Gary Gaddist, who picks up trash in lower Manhattan five days a week, finding the diamond-encrusted sparkler were slim at best.
But – moved by Carroll’s plea – Gaddist dismissed the low odds and began searching through tons of trash for the ring. Miraculously, the kind-hearted worker managed to find the treasured gem and return it to an elated Carroll.
Happy ending: NYC Parks worker Gary Gaddist searched through bags of trash to find Danielle Carroll’s wedding ring, after she accidentally threw it away on Sunday
Carroll lost the ring – a gold band encrusted with nine small diamonds – sometime on Sunday while she was taking a painting class in Battery Park, reported the New York Daily News.
The 45-year-old artist had brought along a clear garbage bag where she and her students dumped their rags after cleaning up using a ‘slippery hand cleaner.’
The ring must have slid off while she was cleaning her hands but Carroll didn’t notice, she told the paper.
Carroll jolted awake 3.30am Monday and suddenly realised that her ring was missing. The Australian native planned to sneak out of her East Village apartment without telling her husband, Steve, because she didn’t want him to be upset with her.
He had bought her the ring last year to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary and to replace one she’d lost years earlier.
Ecstatic: Carroll holds up the note she left on Gaddist’s truck at 5am Monday, begging for help to track down her missing wedding ring
However, her husband soon woke up and together they headed off to try and track down the missing ring.
Carroll found the trash can where she must have thrown the gem but it had already been emptied.
The couple then spotted a city Parks Department trash truck nearby. As no one was inside, Carroll left a note on the truck begging for help.
‘Hello, I believe my wedding ring is in this truck….please call me to tell me where this truck is going,’ she wrote.
When Gaddist, a 42-year-old father from Brooklyn, found the note he called Carroll and told her he’d look for the ring.
‘It’s a love thing’: Gaddist said that he was moved to help Carroll find her ring because he could tell she and her husband were in love
So Gaddist went to Randalls Island and began his search. ‘It really was like looking for a needle in a haystack,’ he told the Daily News.
Incredibly, it didn’t take Gaddist long to track down the trash with the clear plastic bag inside and he found the ring.
Carroll started crying with joy when Gaddist called and told her she was getting her ring back.
‘This guy did something he didn’t have to do, and I find that amazing,’ Carroll told the paper after being reunited with her ring.
Heroic Gaddist revealed he helped out because he could tell Carroll and her husband were in love.‘It was a love thing,’ he said.