OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ A cleanup crew found the wedding ring that Leslie Sosnick and her husband, David Wangsness, had searched for without success after a wildfire destroyed their home in October.

City cleanup workers were about to start removing debris from the couple's lot Wednesday when they saw the couple making one last pass through the ashes and offered to help.

About 45 minutes later, Cristino Ibarra found a small box buried in the debris. He looked inside and found the ring.

''It was my happiest moment since the fire,'' Sosnick, 37, said as she admired the ring. Although its gold setting was charred, the ring's one-carat diamond still sparkled.

Sosnick said she wouldn't take the ring off her finger again - not even to have it cleaned.

''I'm not letting it out of my sight,'' she said.

The crew refused to take any money for the find.