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Longtown man finds wife's wedding ring in rubble after home destroyed by wildfire

Posted at 6:38 PM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-21 19:38:08-04

LONGTOWN -- Longtown resident Anthony Woodward is picking up the pieces of his home after his family evacuated Tuesday night when a wildfire swept through his neighborhood.

“Why me? Why us? But it is what it is,” Woodard said.

“When we came back, it pretty much looked like a square fire pit with flames and it was heart wrenching,” said Woodward.

 He said all of his family’s memorabilia, is now gone.

“All my kids awards through 4-H, FFA, other things they’ve done, they’re all a total loss,” said Woodward.

Woodward said as he started looking through the rubble, he remembered his wife told him she put his wedding ring in a fire box before they evacuated. So he began searching.

“I knew about where the fire box was so I started looking real hard, the fire box I finally found. It was disintegrated, and all of our important papers, gone, so i started digging. I found my wedding ring… this is my wedding ring, it survived that fire,” said Woodward.

Although his wedding ring is now tarnished, he said it symbolizes a day that he will never forget.

“This ring will remain tarnished until the day I die just as a reminder to myself that anything can survive. I mean if this ring can survive that fire, my marriage can survive anything,” said Woodward.

Woodward said his family now hopes to rebuild their home.

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