Newly Engaged Couple Overjoyed by NYPD Find

Ring fell down grate hours after proposal
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2018 6:11 AM CST
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In this Nov. 30, 2018 image taken from surveillance video provided by the NNYPD, a man tries to see the engagement ring that he dropped down a utility grate on New York's Times Square.   (NYPD via AP)
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(Newser) – British couple Daniella Anthony and John Drennan are overjoyed that the NYPD has found the engagement ring that fell down a grate in Times Square on Friday night—but there's something Drennan wants to set the record straight about. "I want to clarify that I did not propose over a grate in Times Square—that's where we lost it," he tells the BBC. He says he proposed to his girlfriend of 10 years in Central Park hours earlier and the ring fell off as they walked back to their hotel. "I tried to tell John it was too big, but he insisted I wear it," Anthony says of the diamond ring. He says: "I was just so happy to finally call her my fiancée after all this time." The NYPD, which turned to social media to find the couple, is working to reunite them with the ring.

After searching for more than two hours, assisted by police officers who opened the grate with a crowbar, the couple gave up the search. They had planned to buy a new ring when they arrived back in Britain on Sunday—but when they got home, they got the happy news that the NYPD had found the ring and had been trying to track them down. Det. Joseph Bucchignano, one of the officers who found the ring, tells CBS New York that he's not expecting an invite to the wedding. "I'm not one for weddings, so I wish them the best of luck and happiness and all that good stuff." Drennan says the officers will be mentioned at the wedding—and he hopes to buy them a few beers next time he is in New York. (This New Jersey officer went above and beyond to find a motorist's lost ring.)

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