Epping mom's persistent search yields trucker's lost ring

Union Leader Correspondent
October 04. 2018 9:33PM

Truck driver James Rolfe was relieved when he learned that Tammy Huguelet of Epping found his missing wedding band at New England Dragway. (COURTESY)

Epping resident Tammy Huguelet found this missing wedding band Wednesday at New England Dragway. (Courtesy)

EPPING — A Massachusetts truck driver is grateful for the community support he received when he lost his wedding band as he delivered a load of pipe at New England Dragway Wednesday afternoon.

James Rolfe said the ring must have slipped from his finger around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, but he didn’t realize it was missing until about 11:30 a.m. after he had already returned to Palmer, Mass., where he works for Contech.

Frantic, the 44-year-old called workers at the dragway utility project to kick the grass around to see if they could find the ring.

“It was a long shot,” said Rolfe.

Just before 1 p.m. he got the idea to post about his lost ring on the “Epping, NH Neighbor Helping Neighbor” Facebook page.

“I didn’t expect the outcome,” he said.

Among those who helped search were Epping resident Tammy Huguelet. She noticed the Facebook post when she was waiting to pick up her daughter, 7-year-old Savannah Bernier, from Epping Elementary School around 3 p.m.

Huguelet had about an hour to kill before she had to pick up her son, Cooper Bernier, from track and figured she’d spend it searching for the ring.

The conditions weren’t what she expected.

“It was basically like an acre mud pit,” she said.

Huguelet wasn’t hopeful that she’d find the ring. She and her daughter searched through the mud for about 40 minutes, but had no luck before she left to pick up Cooper.

“Something kept telling me to go back,” she said.

Huguelet returned with her kids around 4:20 p.m. and used a detailed map that Rolfe had posted on Facebook showing the area where he believed the ring fell off.

Huguelet took off her shoes and trudged through the mud as she continued to search, but it didn’t last long. She quickly found the ring sitting on the pavement.

“I just seemed to walk right to it,” she said.

While she was little muddy, Huguelet was glad to help.

“I know the sentimental value of things. I felt it was pretty important to get out there and find it,” she said.

Rolfe is now looking forward to getting his ring back.

And so is his wife of 23 years, who saved up for two years to buy the thicker wedding band because other ones he wore in the past were too thin and broke.

“She saved every penny so she could get that ring. It means so much,” he said.


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