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Police Bride and Groom Halt Wedding Photos to Save Man Hit By Car

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Two cops getting married had to interrupt their wedding photos to save a man hit by a car in downtown Ocala, Florida.

The man was thrown to the side of the road by the impact. The wedding party stopped to provide aid to the victim and the bride directed traffic in her wedding dress.

“A man was struck by a car on the square in Downtown Ocala,” the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post on Monday. “The entire wedding party—fully dressed in wedding attire—responded and rendered aid to the man who had been injured.”

The newlyweds, both deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, were taking photos with their wedding party in December when the man—described by witnesses as a guest at another wedding nearby—was hit.

A man is attended to by rescue teams after being run over by a car in Ocala, Florida, while taking a photo of a bride and groom at their wedding party.
Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Many in the wedding party were members of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Ocala Police Department, the force said.

Wedding guest Sheriff’s Deputy Samantha Horne held the man’s head to prevent any further damage while the bride, Detention Deputy Taylor Rafferty, directed traffic in her dress with a flower bouquet in hand.

The man was not severely injured in the collision and was treated by medics before the wedding continued as planned, the Sheriff’s Office said.

One witness described the scene. “I saw him get hit by the car and it sounded horrible. He rolled numerous times. It was terrible to see,” the woman replied in a post to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

“Brings a new meaning to a memorable wedding day,” another wrote. “Heroes both on duty and off.”

The Sheriff’s Office shared a photo from the incident where the bride can be seen signaling to cars on the road as rescue teams from the Ocala Fire Department attend to the man on the ground behind her.

“When you choose a career in law enforcement, you choose to never truly be off duty because anything can happen at any moment,” the force wrote alongside the snap. “Detention Deputy Taylor Rafferty and her now husband, Deputy Chris Rafferty, expected a typical wedding day. However, their day was a far cry from a normal wedding experience.”

The force commended the newly married couple and members of their wedding party, who they said “without a second thought took action to assist everyone involved in this incident.”

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