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Love Will Keep Us Alive

By Samantha A. Torrence     Dec 5, 2007 in Crime
A man's life was possibly saved by his wedding ring after it deflected a bullet during a robbery at his Antique Store. His wife says God is owed all the credit for the miracle.
Donnie Register learned today why married men live longer. Police credit his wedding ring with possibly saving his life.
On December 1st two men entered Register's shop at the Jackson, Miss. Antique Market. One of the men pulled a gun and demanded all of his money. Register said he cooperated giving the men his wallet and all the money he had.
Donnie then heard one of the men say "Don't Shoot Him." He turned to find a pistol aimed at his face.
"I bent down with my hand like this and said, 'Don't shoot me,'" Register recounted, putting his hand up to the side of his head. "About that time he fired, and the bullet went through this finger and hit my wedding ring. The wedding ring deflected the bullet, and it went down my ear instead of straight in my ear, and it's still lodged in my neck."
None of his injuries are life threatening.
Darlene Register, Donnie's wife, says that her husband's life is her Christmas present this year.
"He treats me like a queen," says Register's wife of nearly 38 years, Darlene. "He calls me Queen Darlene. He built a castle for me to live in. He's just the perfect husband."
The couple met at a dance when Darlene was just 16 and they married a year later. They describe their meeting as love at first sight. The gold wedding band may be a little bent now, but it is an even greater symbol of the love they share.
Donnie intends on improving security at the shop he has owned for 11 years in light of the incident.
Police said that other shop owners have seen the robbers. The gunmen are described as two black men one with a tall and slender build possibly in his 40's and wearing glasses. The other was shorter and stocky and was in his mid 20's or 30's.
Police said they urged anyone with information to call Crimestoppers at 601-355-TIPS.
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