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The remarkable story of how a widow got her late husband’s wedding ring back

Rhonda Thill holds her husband Randy’s wedding ring in her St. Paul, Minn., home on July 16. (John Autey/Pioneer Press)

Rhonda Thill received the devastating news last month. Her husband of nearly two decades, Randy, had died in a motorcycle accident on U.S. 61 in St. Paul, Minn., the Pioneer Press reported.

Randy died at the scene, and while his wife received many of his personal effects, one crucial item was missing: the gold wedding band that Randy wore every day.

“I figured it had to be somewhere. Maybe the force of the impact – it came off or whatever,”  Thill told NBC affiliate KARE. “I didn’t want it to be just left out there.”

The thought of going out to the crash site was too much for Thill. “I wanted to go, but I can’t. I’m not ready to see it,” she told the Pioneer Press.

The paper reported that her father and brother unsuccessfully tried to find the ring with a metal detector. A local motorcycle club, Los Valientes, found out about Thill’s dilemma, as did another club of bikers who don’t drink called Sober Soldiers, the Pioneer Press reported.

“We didn’t know if we’d find it,” Jay Stevens of the Sober Soldiers told the paper. “We just wanted to give her some closure.”

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So the group set out to find the ring  Sunday, near the site where Randy Thill crashed, ABC News reported. They came with metal detectors and some got down on their hands and knees. The bikers even arranged a tow truck to block off traffic on one lane of the road so they could look for the ring, the Pioneer Press reported.

After about 45 minutes, they found the purple medic gloves at the site where Randy died. They also found Randy’s riding glasses. And hiding in the soil behind some weeds was the gold wedding band that meant so much to Rhonda.

The group hopped on their bikes and rushed to Rhonda, ABC News reported. When they presented her with the ring, “We had to hold her up. She was about to fall over,” Tim Allen told the Pioneer Press.

“The group of people that worked to get the ring for me, they’re bikers. And a lot of the times they get a bad rap. [But they] have the biggest hearts in the world,” Rhonda told ABC News. “They are the first ones to step up and lend a hand when it’s needed.”


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