Local Vet Gets Ring Back Thanks to Social Media

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) – You’re witnessing more than a hug, you’re witnessing an answered prayer, according to retired First Sergeant Thomas Fortson.

Fortson adds, "I said, Lord there’s a lot of things that I can’t replace attached to the ring."

This ring is so special to Fortson that he only wears it on special occasions.

Several weeks ago he attended a funeral, forgot to take the ring off, and lost it at the Best Buy Store on Gunbarrel Road.

Lauren Daniel just so happened to spot it in the parking lot.

Daniel adds, "I thought about returning it to Best Buy, but since there’s so many different stores there I wasn’t sure which one he’d been in."

So, Daniel posted a picture of the ring on Facebook, and enlisted the help of her friends.

Daniel adds, "Everyone wanted to help out."

After two to three weeks, and hundreds of messages and phone calls, someone who knew Fortson spotted the picture.

That brought about an emotional meet up.

Fortson says, "Oh, it means a lot. It means more than words can express."

Fortson tells us the ring is a symbol of his time in the U.S. Army.

From 1978 until 2004, he supported and trained soldiers in Afghanistan, Iraq, Desert Storm, and Kosovo.

Fortson adds, "It’s something that can’t be replaced because it’s symbolic to some that are living and some that are dead."

It encompasses 26 and a half years of service.

And somehow, Daniel knew it told a story that was near and dear to someone’s heart.

Daniel adds, "I couldn’t have done it without the help of friends and family, and Facebook."

Smiling from ear to ear, Fortson says these words in this card express what he cannot say in person.

Not expecting that message or the $50 reward, Daniel, gasps.

Daniel adds, "Oh my gosh. I’m very thankful. That was very sweet of him."

Sweet unexpected surprises could be seen and felt all the way around.

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