PHILMONT, N.Y. – A destructive fire in the Village of Philmont that resulted in the loss of an historic church earlier this week, has resulted in another loss: a smaller, but just as sentimental one.
Mike Cozzolino, the 1st Assistant Fire Chief with the Claverack Fire Department, lost his wedding ring while battling a fire at the Reformed Church on the night of January 16th. Cozzolino has been fighting fires with the Claverack department for thirty years.
Since it snowed on the night of the fire and the streets were then plowed, the wedding ring ‘could have ended up anywhere in Philmont,' according to the Columbia County 911 Facebook post.
"The ring must have come off inside my firefighting glove and then came out of the glove when it was removed," said Cozzolino. "I removed my gloves at least several times during the night to wring the water out of them."
Cozzolino says that unfortunately his name is not engraved on the ring. He and his wife, Robin, will have been married for thirteen years on April 1st of this year.
Cozzolino searched the area today, joined by firefighters as well as his father, but they have not yet been able to locate the wedding ring.
He hopes that members of the Philmont community will keep a look out for it as they make their way around the village.
If anyone believes they have found the wedding ring, they are asked to call Cozzolino's parents, at 851-6811.
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