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LEHI — When a distressed mother called to report her youngest child had flushed her wedding ring down a toilet, Lehi's water department rushed to help.

"I wake up to see that one of my bands is on the floor and I realize my two-year-old took it," said mother Nikki Hall.

Hall will be the first to tell you her darling little girl Peyton gives new meaning to the phrase "terrible twos.".

"I flushed it down the toilet," Peyton Hall said while laughing.

For nearly a week, Nikki was in tears, tearing her house apart looking for the ring.

"Once I finally got it out of her that's what happened, I told my husband," Nikki Hall said. "He took off the toilet and we called Lehi City."

Upon receiving the Hall's call, a team from the water department rushed over within 20 minutes and ran a snake down two of the sewer's main lines. A few hours later, they located the ring two manholes away.

"He was like, 'Hey, I think I found it,' and those were the best words I've heard," Nikki Hall said. "I just lost it and it was amazing to see it right there... I never thought I was going to see it again."

The crew then used a "vac truck" to wash the ring to the manhole, where it was retrieved. A worker had to go down the smelly manhole as the line was flushed to catch the ring.

He was like, 'Hey, I think I found it,' and those were the best words I've heard,. I just lost it and it was amazing to see it right there... I never thought I was going to see it again.

–Nikki Hall

"Just a bit of water down and push it a little bit," said Weston Winters, who answered the frantic call. "He had his equipment on and rubber gloves and grabbed it."

And for the city workers, it was a memorable day on the job — recovering the ring and writing a happy ending to this chapter in the Hall family history

"Over the years we've had the opportunity to retrieve personal articles for residents, and it's always rewarding when we are able to successfully return valuable or sentimental items to someone who is afraid they've lost something forever," Winters said.

Lehi Public Works Director Todd Munger complimented the team and thanked the employees for their willingness to help.

"It would have been so easy to simply say, 'Sorry, ma'am.' As it turned out, a very special memory that will undoubtedly be the topic of many family reunions was preserved because of a little extra effort put forth by a group of hardworking employees," Munger said.

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