The remains of a U.S. Navy SEAL that were found in a dumpster have now been returned to his family. Ronald Lee Pruitt passed away back in 1996 and his ashes were given to his sister, who died a few years later. The urn with his remains somehow ended up in a Pennsylvania dumpster and would have gone to a landfill, but a sharp construction worker saw the urn and saved it.
Shane Hanna says he saw the urn and realized what it was, so he grabbed it. When he saw the Navy SEAL insignia on it, his father suggested taking the urn to the local Veterans of Foreign War post. They were able to locate Pruitt’s sister, Barbara Dixon, who drove three hours from her home in Delaware and was given the urn during a ceremony at the VFW to honor Pruitt’s service.
“I told them they were his guardian angels,” Dixon says of those who worked to track her down. “It is a Christmas miracle. It’s a miracle that all these people went above and beyond to find me.”