The Vietnam Veterans ring found at Regional Refuse Disposal District 1. Photo by Debbie Angell.
The Vietnam Veterans ring found at Regional Refuse Disposal District 1. Photo by Debbie Angell.
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BARKHAMSTED — A Vietnam veteran has been reunited with his ring thanks to employees of
Regional Refuse Disposal District 1 (RRDD1).
The transfer station, located at 31 New Hartford Road, has a “tag sale” building where it takes furniture, electronics, and other items not needed by residents and resells them.
“People can drop off stuff here and we can sell it,” RRDD1 administrator Debbie Angell said in an interview with The Winsted Phoenix.”Instead of dropping it off into a trash can, it helps the environment by reselling it. The money we make by reselling it also helps to keep our prices down.”
Angell said that in late March a resident brought in a box of CDs for RRDD1 to resell.
“As one of my employees was cleaning out the box to put the CDs on the shelf, they noticed a Vietnam Veteran’s ring in the bottom of the box,” Angell said. “They knew that the resident who left it had to have put it in the box by mistake.”
Coincidently, the ring was left accidentally at RRDD1 on March 29, which happens to be Vietnam War Veterans Day.
A few days later, the resident came back to drop off even more CDs for RRDD1 to resell.
“The same employee said to him, ‘Are you missing something?’” Angell said. “He goes ‘Yeah! I lost my veterans ring!’ And that’s how we found him!”
Angell said that the veteran was very appreciative that RRDD1 found the ring.
“He put the ring on and, as I was taking a picture of him, he took his hand to his heart,” Angell said. “Thank goodness the employee found it.”
Angell added that both the employee of RRDD1 and the veteran did not want to be identified in this story.

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