Deputy Sheriff Locates Lost Engagement Ring in Snow for Stranded Couple

Categories: | Author: sheriff sheriff | Posted: 1/2/2018 | Views: 671

Pictured is Deputy Sheriff Anita Caruso in front of her Sheriff's patrol vehicle.

EASTPORT, NY-- Last Saturday’s snowfall made travel difficult for many Long Islanders, but for Natalie Gerweck of Bay Shore and Jason Griffin of Ronkonkoma, it was a day they will probably never forget. 

At approximately 2:45 pm in the afternoon on Saturday, Suffolk County Deputy Sheriff Anita Caruso  was on duty and traveling in her marked Sheriff’s vehicle eastbound on Sunrise Highway.  As she exited the highway at Exit 61, she came upon a disabled vehicle on the northbound off-ramp to County Road 51 in Eastport.  Two individuals appeared to be searching for something in the snow.   Deputy Caruso stopped to render assistance.

Upon approaching the scene, Ms. Gerweck advised Deputy Sheriff Caruso that their green 1999 Toyota had slid off the roadway due to snowy conditions and a flat tire, and after exiting the vehicle, the woman’s engagement ring fell off her finger and into the snow.  Deputy Caruso proceeded to help the couple search for the ring, and after a short time, called the Sheriff’s Duty Office in Riverhead to ask if a metal detector could be brought to the scene. 

Sgt. Sean McQuade retrieved one of the wands Deputies use to search prisoners and Deputy Sheriff Justin Lorincz delivered the wand to the scene.

With the metal detector in hand, Deputy Caruso began to make several passes over the snowy ground on her hands and knees.  Within a few minutes, the detector went off and the ring was located beneath the snow.  The engaged couple were ecstatic when the ring was found.  

Deputy Caruso remained on the scene until a tow truck arrived and changed their tire.  The couple expressed gratitude to Deputy Caruso for going above and beyond the call of duty and then continued on their travels.