Police Officer Replaces Engagement Ring Stolen After 67 Years
PLANTATION, FL- A Florida police officer makes a generous gesture, helping an elderly hospital patient who lost something dear to her in a heartless crime.
When Arthur Wagner asked Betty to be his bride in the summer of 1946.
With that he got a single diamond engagement ring on her left finger.
"I remember I bought it at Zale's Jewelry. I paid $400 for it," said Arthur.
And that's where it sat with his matching gold wedding band for 67 years, until Saturday night.
The engagement ring and wedding band was placed on Betty's left finger and has been there for 67 years until last Saturday when her yellow gold diamond engagement ring was missing.
"I'm holding her hand, talking to her and the ring is gone," recalled Arthur.
Now weak with advancing Alzheimer's, Betty was sedated in a hospital bed at Westside Regional Medical center in plantation.
"From the bruises on her finger that looked like both rings were pulled off and the wedding band was put back on, I just tear up. It was tough," added Arthur.
Plantation Police sent over Officer Laurie Graber.
"After 67 years of that ring being on her finger, she still looked at him like he was her knight and shining armor and he looked at her like she was still his young bride," explained Graber.
Arthur and officer Graber each felt helpless after Betty's ring was taken. The ring was in the hands of a thief.
"I just couldn't imagine what kind of depravity you would have to have to take something off of someone so vulnerable. I went to JC Penney and I bought a small ring and I took it back to the hospital and I left a little note," said Graber.
""The nurses at the nurse station they come and they said, 'The officer that was here yesterday she left you this, A promise kept for 67 years is worth something," remembers Arthur.
It is. Betty's original engagement ring is gone, but Wagner is still at her bedside, and so is a new ring.