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April 9, 2013

Returned ring a testament to goodness of human spirit

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MEADVILLE — True hero character

I was in total awe for so many reasons. First was the fact that they had actually found the ring. So many things might have happened that would have prevented such. They could have thrown the cream away or even put it in a cupboard and forgot about it. Even more importantly, they could have easily taken the ring to market and walked away with a pocket full of cash. But that thought never even crossed their minds. Instead, they couldn’t wait to return it to the rightful owner. And they were thrilled to do so. I have always said that everyday actions can speak volumes of one’s character. Here was shining example of true hero character in duplicate. How could I have been so fortunate to have such wonderful souls cross my path?

Needless to say, the Terrills will always hold a very special place in our hearts. Ironically, Kerr contacted me two days later to say he had a ring for me to look at. I dropped by and was wowed by the similarities of the ring he found at the jewelry show; I pulled my hand from my pocket and asked him how he thought they compared. Despite the lost sale, neither he nor his wife could hide their joy as I related the story of the Terrills’ goodness. I have told the story too many times to count and feel it is something worth truly celebrating: this lifestyle of quiet gallantry. They will always be heroes to me: A testament of the goodness of the human spirit.

Sekerski is a Meadville resident.

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