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Lost Aggie Ring Found By Community In Car Wash Drain

Delaney Whitworth '22 February 4, 2021 3:54 PM updated: March 15, 2021 3:43 PM

Steve Olfers (left) was able to reunite Anthony Ware '94 with his lost Aggie Ring.
Steve Olfers (left) was able to reunite Anthony Ware '94 with his lost Aggie Ring.

Former Aggie basketball player Anthony Ware ’94 was washing his wife’s car in Fredericksburg, Texas, when his Aggie Ring slipped off of his finger and fell into the drain in the wash bay.

Ware lifted the drain grate and got down on his knees to look for it and Alonso Castillo, the car wash attendant helped Ware dig through the waste. Steve Olfers, a bystander and father of two Aggie daughters, knew the importance of Aggie gold and started to help with the search. Olfers and Ware jumped into the sludge-filled drain and began to dig for the Ring, but could not find it. Heartbroken, the trio stopped the search.

Unwilling to give up, Olfers later called a septic pump worker who offered to help in any way he could. They searched the drain with a metal detector but still could not find the Ring. Finally, they used a screen to sift through the sludge, finding Ware’s Aggie Ring at last.

After a quick search, Olfers’ wife was able to locate Ware and share the good news. The pair had a joyful reunion, and Ware was reunited with his Aggie gold.

Read more in the Fredericksburg Standard's story.

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