A Tennessee paramedic named Sarah Ray had just finished her wedding ceremony when she left to be a first responder at a crash scene involving her father and grandparents. Her family was on their way to the reception, and was just a few miles from the church when they crashed. Sarah received the emergency call moments later. She hopped in the car with her new husband Paul, who is also a paramedic. Naturally, she didn't think their reaction was unusual, since they were just doing their jobs:
I don’t think what we did was heroic. It's just anything that any first responder would have done. We just knew they had been in a wreck and the car had been totaled. We didn't know any injuries at the time.
Sarah's mom snapped the picture of her at the scene. This is so much better than one of those pictures with the bridesmaids jumping in mid-air, or the bridesmaids standing on a bridge, or really any staged picture with members of the wedding party. Even her employer released a statement regarding her actions:
How dedicated are you to your job? Sarah Ray, Paramedic with Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services, was photographed on her wedding night working the wreck of one of her wedding guests. Now that's dedication...she stopped to assist on the way from the wedding to the reception! Thank you, Sarah, for loving what you do!
Her father and grandmother suffered minor injuries and are doing well. Her grandfather wasn't injured, and now he has another feat of strength to brag about for the rest of his life. And we know exactly which wedding photo Sarah and Paul will be using on their holiday cards this year.