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Employees save couple's priceless possessions

Rashmi Gurnani and her husband were minutes away from losing some of their most treasured possessions.
 
One Saturday afternoon last November, the couple was cleaning their garage when they stumbled across some old boxes of video tapes they decided they should throw away. They headed to the County’s Chapman Field Trash and Recycling Center, and when they returned home, Gurnani realized she may have dumped a box containing their wedding videos.
 
Those priceless images of the nervous groom looking at his blushing bride, their first walk holding hands as husband and wife, the beaming expressions of family and friends on that special day -- Gurnani thought they were gone for good.
 
“I was scared and felt terrible thinking the videos might be lost,” said Gurnani. Fortunately for the Gurnanis, County Solid Waste truck driver Alan Cook and waste attendant Norman McCray were on duty at Chapman Field that afternoon. The Gurnanis raced back to the scene.
 
“It was getting ready to get hauled away and dumped,” McCray said of the videos. “She came back just in time.”
 
The Gurnanis explained their predicament and Cook and McCray were more than happy to jump in the dumpster to help her find the box with her wedding videos.
 
“Here at Miami-Dade County that’s who we are. That’s what we do here, we help people,” Cook says. Thanks to Cook and McCray’s hard work and compassion, the Gurnanis were able to watch their wedding video once again.
 
“I am thankful and very appreciative of the Miami-Dade Solid Waste employees. We feel very fortunate,” Gurnani said.

Would you go dumpster diving to help save someone else's wedding photos? It's all in a day's work for this Solid Waste employee who, along with a colleague, did just that for a Miami-Dade couple.

Would you go dumpster diving to help save someone else's wedding photos? It's all in a day's work for Solid Waste employee Norman McCray who, along with colleague Alan Cook, did just that for a Miami-Dade couple.