OCEAN CITY — With a little beginner’s luck and a lot of perseverance, a Virginia Beach man last week was reunited with his class of 1985 Wicomico High School ring found on the beach in Ocean City after 33 years.
When he isn’t working the beat, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) Sergeant Mark Paddack is an avid metal detector enthusiast who, over the years, has reunited dozens of beachgoers and visitors to Ocean City with valuable items and memorable keepsakes and had a direct hand in one of the more remarkable finds last week. In an effort to expand its community outreach efforts, the Ocean City Beach Patrol earlier this year wanted to purchase a metal detector to assist with locating keys, phones and jewelry lost in known areas of the beach.
Paddack, as the OCPD’s de facto expert on metal detecting and locating items on the beach, consulted the OCBP on the appropriate metal detector for its needs and goals that would fit its budget. With Paddack’s advice, the OCBP purchased the metal detector from the Discoversea Museum in Fenwick Island.