POULSBO, Wash. - A sailor coming home from a deployment gets two big surprises.
First, he finds his home is burglarized. Then, he gets an unexpected gift from strangers.
K.C. Colton, 23, returned home after a 40-day deployment on the USS Henry M. Jackson to find his house ransacked. His TV and laptops were stolen.
"First thing that went through my head was this is not how I left my apartment," said Colton.
Also missing was the engagement ring he was going to give to his girlfriend when he goes home to Tennessee to propose this Christmas. Colton was angry and hurt.
"Spending my time away from everybody, family, friends, and all that. Then I come home to something like this," he said.
On Thursday at the annual Veterans dinner at the Poulsbo Yacht Club, organizers wanted to honor Colton's service with a surprise.
Local jeweler Richard Koven of Dahlquist's Fine Jewelry, who also heard of Colton's story, felt compelled to help out. He picked out a replacement ring.
"Hopefully you won't lose faith," Koven said to Colton as he handed him the ring box in front of the entire banquet. "Everyone here is supporting you."
"Holy [expletive]," said Colton when he saw the ring. "That's amazing."
"His reaction was awesome," says Koven.
"Thank you for putting this all together. Wow. That's all I can say," Colton told the crowd.