Trash hauler 'dumpster dives' for woman's lost jewelry

7:56 AM, Apr 27, 2013   |    comments
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INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. - If it's up to one Inver Grove Heights woman, Todd O'Connor should win trash collector of the year.

"I've been telling everyone about it," said Christine Jordahl. "It's nice to know there are employees out there that will do something like that."

On Thursday, Jordahl realized she had mistakenly thrown out several pieces of jewelry with sentimental value. They were pocketed inside a piece of luggage she decided to throw away. The garbage truck had already come and gone.

"I knew it was a shot in the dark," she said. "But I called and left a message and they called me back."

It was her heroic trash hauler that came to the rescue. Todd O'Connor drove to the waste facility in Newport and sifted through garbage in order to find Jordahl's belongings.

"It's dirty and greasy," chuckles O'Connor. "It didn't take too long to find it."

O'Connor has worked for Troje's Trash for six years, but this is the first time he'd ever done anything like this.

"It feels good to help someone you don't even know," he says.

For Jordahl, it's a lesson in always checking pockets of luggage and a reminder that there are people out there who don't mind going the extra mile.

"This is awesome," she said. "This really means a lot."

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