08/25/2012 02:35 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Parks Worker, Gary Gaddist, Recovers Wedding Ring From Garbage Truck (PHOTO)

A New York City parks worker is being hailed as a hero after he helped a woman find a lost wedding ring.

Gary Gaddist is a New York Parks Development worker who picks up trash in lower Manhattan, according the New York Daily News.

When artist Danielle Carroll lost her wedding ring near New York's Battery Park, Gaddist was the one who came to her rescue.

"I'm a painter who takes people on outdoor painting adventures around New York City," says Carroll, 45. "On Sunday, I was teaching a painting class in Battery Park all day. I was so busy that day and cleaning my hands constantly that I didn't notice I had lost the ring," she told the New York Daily News -- which first reported this story.

Check out this photo of Carroll and Gaddist from the NY Daily News. Story continues below:
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In fact, she didnt realize she'd lost the ring until 3:30 a.m. "I woke up and felt my left hand right way and just thought, 'Oh, my God,' because I knew I hadn't taken [my wedding ring] off," she told Good Morning America.

Carroll tried to sneak out of bed without letting her husband know -- this was the second time she'd lost a wedding ring. But he woke up just as she was out the door. He said: "You can't go alone. Are you crazy?" according to his wife.

They drove to Battery Park, but the trash container had already been emptied. However, at 5 a.m. Carroll's husband saw a garbage truck. "We walked over and nobody was inside. So I wrote a note," she told reporters. It started, "Hello, I believe my wedding ring is in this truck," according to New York Daily News.

Incredibly, Gaddist found the note.

"I called and she explained everything, about how she lost the ring, and how she couldn't sleep after realizing it was gone," Gaddist, 42, says. "I had to go to Randalls Island, and when I got there I showed the guys the note. They said, 'If you want to look for a needle in a haystack, go ahead."

Surprisingly, I didn't take long. "I took a shot and it was there," Gaddist told the New York Daily News.

Gaddist called the couple around 8:30 a.m. "I was ecstatic, I started to cry," Carroll said during a recent interview.

"The first thing I did was give him a big hug and gush, Thank you, thank you so much," she told Good Morning America. "Then I grabbed him again and gave him another hug and a kiss on the cheek. He knew how happy I was."

As a thank you, the couple gave Gaddist $100, which he said he would use to treat himself to lunch.

This isn't the only surprising story of a wedding ring lost and found. In April this year, sewage workers in Idaho found -- and returned -- a $6,000 wedding ring after a woman accidentally flushed it down the toilet.