Fill the Boot campaign leaves local firefighters with mystery to solve

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Published: Apr. 9, 2019 at 7:41 PM CDT
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Copperas Cove firefighters stepped out last Friday for their annual Fill the Boot campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, but when they emptied the boots at the end of the day, they found something unexpected that they’re now actually trying to return.

“One of the gracious citizens who was contributing to the Fill the Boot Campaign ended up contributing a ring,” says Copperas Cove Deputy Fire Chief Gary Young.

And not just any ring, but a silver, decorated woman’s wedding ring.

“I believe it was quite accidental,” Young said.

Firefighters are hoping to get the word out about the ring, in case someone's spouse needs to be rescued from hot water.

The department posted a message on its Facebook page about the ring in hopes of reuniting it with the owner and firefighters have been playing detective, trying to figure out where the boot was when the ring fell in.

Young says they’ve narrowed the location to the area near the H-E-B store on U.S. Highway 190.

“Most of the citizens, they have their change in an ashtray or cup in their vehicle, and they want to make a contribution, so they just dump the ashtray or the cup in there and they forgot that they had left something in there that maybe they didn't intend to donate,” he said.

The ring has been handed over to the Copperas Cove Police Department until the rightful owner comes forward to claim it.

And in the event the ring was donated deliberately, the owner needs to let the fire department know.

"We'll have to cross that bridge if we come to it," Young said.

If no one comes forward, the ring will eventually be auctioned off and the proceeds will go to the City Fund.