CLAVERACK, N.Y. - Mike Cozzolino, the First Assistant Chief of the A.B. Shaw Fire Company in Claverack, lost his wedding band while fighting a destructive fire in the Village of Philmont, that resulted in the loss of an historic church last week.
Well, Cozzolino has good news to report: The wedding ring has been found, in the turnout boot.
"How it ended up there is anybody's guess. I mean who would think to look inside the boot?" Cozzolino said. "Thank you again everybody for the concern."
The wedding ring became lost while battling a fire at the Reformed Church the night of January 16th. Cozzolino has been with the Claverack department for 30 years.
After the ring went missing, Cozzolino asked the community to keep a look out for it as they made their way around the village, and unsuccessfully searched for the ring himself with his father and other firefighters.
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.
Cozzolino assumed "the ring must have come off inside my firefighting glove and then came out of the glove when it was removed. I removed my gloves at least several times during the night to wring the water out of them."
He and his wife, Robin, will have been married for 13 years on April 1, 2013.