GOOD NEWS PHOTOS: A Slain Officer's Comrades Stood in for Him at His Daughter's Wedding
A group of police officers stood in for one of their fallen comrades at his daughter's wedding, walking the bride down the aisle and filling in during the father-daughter dance.
Pierce County, Washington, Sheriff's Deputy Kent Mundell was killed in the line of duty six years ago while responding to a domestic violence call.
Over the weekend, his daughter, Kristen, got married and the moving images have since gone viral.
In an effort to honor her father on the special day, Mundell told KOMO News that she left a chair in the front row empty at the ceremony.
Detective Don Jones walked her down the aisle.
The back of her dress featured a piece of blue, meant to represent the thin blue line.
But there was no plan for the father-daughter dance. So her dad's fellow officers stepped in, moving everyone to tears.
She told KOMO, "We're sitting there dancing and then all of a sudden someone taps me on the shoulder and says, 'Can I cut in?' and I was shocked. I didn't know how to react, how to respond. He said, 'there's a whole line of us,' and right as he said that is when the next officer cut in and I just broke down."
The photographer who snapped the amazing shots, Angela Lyons, posted the album on Facebook, thanking the four officers who made the day even more unforgettable.
"I think it's easy to forget that officers are real people who put their lives on the line - literally, even getting coffee in a coffee shop - for all of us: people they do not even know. I am so touched to see that the LEO family takes care of each other," she said.