LEHI — When a distressed mother called to report her youngest child had flushed her wedding ring down a toilet, Lehi's water department rushed to help.

Upon receiving the mother's call, a team from the water department rushed over and ran a snake down two of the sewer's main lines, locating the ring two manholes away. The crew then used a "vac truck" to wash the ring to the manhole, where it was retrieved.

"Over the years we've had the opportunity to retrieve personal articles for residents, and it's always rewarding when we are able to successfully return valuable or sentimental items to someone who is afraid they've lost something forever," said Weston Winters, who answered the frantic call.

Lehi Public Works Director Todd Munger complimented the team and thanked the employees for their willingness to help.

"It would have been so easy to simply say, 'Sorry, ma'am.' As it turned out, a very special memory that will undoubtedly be the topic of many family reunions was preserved because of a little extra effort put forth by a group of hardworking employees," Munger said.

— McKenzie Romero