Roughly seven hours after getting engaged in Central Park Friday, John and Daniela from Peterborough, England, found themselves looking hopelessly for a ring that had slid off the finger of the bride-to-be and bounced through a grate and into the bowels of the New York City subway system.
Video went viral of passersby and police officers helping the couple look in vein before accepting the jewel was gone. Then, Saturday morning, two officers returned to the scene of the accident and found the ring. The NYPD then went on Twitter to find the couple, whose names they didn’t know.
Ellen DeGeneres’ staff was able to find John and Daniela and invited them to tell their story on the show. Much to the couple’s surprise, DeGeneres interrupted the pair with a call of “Come on out,” followed by the cops who found the ring returning it to the overjoyed couple.
“I think you guys dropped something,” one of the officers said before returning the ring to its owners. He then joked. “That is the ring right?”
John then dropped to one knee and proposed to Daniela again. She accepted.
Before the officers came out from backstage, an unsuspecting John said he’d been told the NYPD had the ring, though he wasn’t sure exactly how or when he’d get it back.
“I don’t know anywhere in the world where a police department or two police officers would have went back the next day,” John said, having no idea his heroes were waiting in the wings.
According to John and Daniela, the whole incident happened after Daniela warned her new fiancé the ring didn’t fit quite right and he pressured her to wear it anyway.