Three Bartlesville Sanitation Workers Return Man's Remains - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News

Three Bartlesville Sanitation Workers Return Man's Remains

Posted: Updated:
Brandon Lopez, Nathan Williams and Craig Gordineer. [City of Bartlesville photo] Brandon Lopez, Nathan Williams and Craig Gordineer. [City of Bartlesville photo]
BARTLESVILLE, Oklahoma -

Three City of Bartlesville sanitation employees are being credited for what some are calling a Christmas miracle.

The workers, supervisor Craig Gordineer and sanitation collectors Nathan Williams and Brandon Lopez, returned a man's remains to his family just in time for the holiday.

In a news release, the city says Williams and Lopez noticed a wooden box in the trash, which contained the urn and remains of a Bartlesville man. 

Recognizing the significance of the item and assuming it had been discarded by accident, the two retrieved the box from the trash in hopes of returning it to the appropriate person. 

After a search turned up no willing recipients, Williams contacted their supervisor for help.

With a little help from social media, Craig Gordineer located and contacted the man's daughter, who lives out of state. 

In a letter to City of Bartlesville, the daughter said she cried upon hearing the news that her father's ashes had been found.

"For such an unappreciated job, the fact that Nathan Williams and Brandon Lopez noticed a container and retrieved it to take to their boss, Mr. Craig Gordineer, is truly a miracle in itself," she wrote. "Then, for (Gordineer) to go to the lengths to try and locate the next of kin — well, it goes beyond his job description.

"His remains are with his family that love him, and we owe it all to your staff. You truly have witnessed a Christmas miracle, as well as our whole family. I consider it was God working through your wonderful staff to return him to his family. God bless all of you from the bottom of my heart. You have already given me the greatest gift of all."

The man's remains were turned over to another family member earlier this month.  

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.