Doug McIntyre feared his wedding ring of more than three decades was lost forever.
The plain, 14-carat gold band had been missing for several months.
"I had resigned myself to the thought that I had thrown it away," McIntyre said.
As an avid bicyclist, McIntyre removes the ring before long rides.
"I injured my finger a few years ago and my doctor told me it wasn’t a good idea to keep the ring on during rides," he said. "So I take it off and put in my car’s console."
That move led to McIntyre losing the ring, but also to its return on Saturday.
Back in May, Forsyth County Fire Department held a boot drive, in which local firefighters use boots to collect donations at intersections.
The spring drive brought in more than $25,000 for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation and local safety and burn prevention programs.
Besides the dollar bills and coins, this drive also collected something unusual — McIntyre’s wedding band.
"I just thought I had thrown the ring away when I had cleaned out a bunch of napkins from the console," he said.
"But then I saw a news story about the Forsyth County Fire Department finding a ring in one of those boots."
That’s when he remembered donating to the spring boot drive, about the same time his ring went missing.
"I thought it was a long shot, but I called [the fire department] anyway," McIntyre said.
Capt. Kevin Wallace said the department received a number of inquiries about the ring, but only McIntyre was able to accurately describe it.
"It was just a plain, 14-karat wedding band," Wallace said. "[McIntyre] was the only one who described it to a perfect match.
"He even knew his ring size, which is very uncommon. Most men don’t know their ring size."
McIntyre said his description wasn’t too complicated.
"I just told them it was 31 years old and had a lot of wear and tear on it," he said, adding that his wife, Susan, was pretty understanding about the situation.
"When I got it back Saturday, she kidded that she knew I’d be hers for a few more years now," he said.
Susan McIntyre said she was surprised by the whole turn of events.
"I just said, ‘You lost it,’" she recalled. "How do you lose your wedding ring?"
But she also was impressed with her husband’s memory.
"I couldn’t describe a gold ring to a ‘T’ like he did," she said. "I guess after 31 years, you really know your ring."
Her husband was happy to get the band back.
"At least I threw it out while doing a good deed," he said.
Staff writer Alyssa LaRenzie contributed to this report.