Workers help woman recover diamond jewelry thrown in trash

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Posted: Apr 21, 2016 12:54 PM

BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman says she was ecstatic when waste workers helped her find diamond jewelry that she accidentally threw away.

Cecelia Callahan tells The Patriot Ledger (http://bit.ly/1U6Nw6U ) on Wednesday that she was cleaning her 3.1-carat engagement ring, a 1.75-carat diamond pendant and her grandmother's diamond ring in preparation for a wedding anniversary dinner last week. She says she wrapped them in paper towels and left them on a countertop.

She tossed the towels when she heard the trash truck coming. The 51-year-old Norwell woman says she was "heartbroken" when she discovered her mistake.

A transportation supervisor at a transfer station made arrangements for the truck to drop the trash off at the Braintree station. Callahan, her husband and a loader operator searched the garbage until they found the jewelry.

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Information from: The (Quincy, Mass.) Patriot Ledger, http://www.patriotledger.com