Louisville, KY (CNN/WLKY) — Construction on the Ohio River bridges project in Louisville, Ky. is considered by many as a temporary inconvenience.
But for one Indiana resident, it’s also a blessing.
Danielle Meace treasures her class ring. It was a present from her aunt, who raised Danielle as her own and worked hard to surprise her senior year with the class ring she so desperately wanted.
“She got it for a present and it was, it was a huge surprise,” Meace said. “I was so happy. It definitely means a lot to me.”
That was eight years ago.
But in 2006, Meace went to Thunder Over Louisville, an annual fireworks show, with her family, friends and her boyfriend at the time, who wore her ring as a necklace.
“He had it on a necklace around his neck and when we got home later that evening, I was like wait. Where is the ring? And we realized we had to lose it at Thunder,” she said. “I said, well, I’m never going to see that again.”
Fast forward to late May 2014 when an excavator at the bridge construction site in Jeffersonville found the ring.
His wife encouraged him to put it on Facebook and a high school classmate of Meace saw it and sent her a friend request.
“They popped up this message and it said, ‘Hey, I think we found your ring. Your class ring,’” Meace said. “And I said, ‘Wait, what?!’ I went a little ballistic.”
Through that message, Meace contacted the excavator and his wife and met them to pick up her ring.
“I expected when I met them that I would get the ring back and it would be destroyed, but even they said, we thought it was lost recently. It looks fine. It looks brand new.”
The excavator and his wife didn’t want to be identified, saying they weren’t heroes. They just did what anyone should do.
“It still blows my mind honestly, I can’t even believe it,” said Meace. “The chances of that happening are slim to none.”
Meace wasn’t the only one happy about the ring being found. Her aunt couldn’t believe it either.