New York police department retrieve ring after it falls through Brooklyn Bridge before couple can get engaged
The New York Police Department had to retrieve a ring after it fell through the floor of the Brooklyn Bridge before a couple could get engaged.
Mal Harris had prepared to surprise long-term girlfriend Olivia Fader as they attached locks on to the iconic structure like many couples before them.
Unknown to Olivia, nurse Mal had hooked on a sparkling white gold ring on to another lock, and in their rush to open it the jewellery came loose and fell through the viewing platform.
The glistening band came to rest 40 feet below on to the road below and in to the busy New York traffic.
Fortunately for the panicking couple, two kind police officers from the 122 Precinct in Staten Island – Officers Matthew Manley and William DeFazio – stopped the cars, retrieved the ring and safely delivered it back to them.
Olivia, 23, said: “I was so in shock when Mal handed me the lock I had to hand it back to her.
“She had never practiced this simple movement so as she turned the key, the lock popped open, and swung down.
“The ring slipped through the space and fell into oblivion and within seconds we were on our hands and knees.
“Minutes later our friend Madeleine returned with Officers Manley and DeFazio and after much deliberation they walked back to Brooklyn, drove across the bridge, and stopped Saturday afternoon New York traffic.
“A few anxiety ridden minutes passed, and finally Officer Manley emerged with the ring in hand.”
After having the ring returned safe and sound, the couple walked to a safer spot – with less gaps in the floor – and Mal, 27, successfully proposed.
After celebrating with friends Madeleine, Erin and a bottle of champagne, the newly engaged couple returned to the Brooklyn Bridge and successfully latched the lock on.
Olivia said: “We are so deeply grateful for all of the people who came together and helped us that day, especially the NYPD officers who went above and beyond for some unlucky tourists.
“We spent the rest of the trip in a dreamlike state, still in disbelief at our luck.”
Student Olivia and Mal had travelled 18 hours down from their home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, with friends Erin and Madeleine.
The happy couple now plan to tie the knot in August 2016.