GOOD NEWS Woman Stabbed 32 Times Gets Engaged to First Responder Who Saved Her
A Florida couple's everlasting love can be traced back to a brutal act of violence.
Four years ago, Melissa Dohme was the target of attempted murder by her ex-boyfriend.
She was stabbed 32 times. But she didn't die.
"I remember there were tons of police officers, ambulance, and fire rescue. Everyone was there all at once," Melissa told Fox 13 in Tampa Bay.
Firefighter Cameron Hill was one of those first responders.
Ten months after the attack, Melissa shared her story with a crowd, and Cameron was there to hear it.
"I was just in awe of how far she'd come," he said.
He invited her back to the firehouse for dinner with the crew.
"I was extremely giddy because I was having dinner with all the men who saved my life," Melissa said.
As that evening passed, they realized that there was a connection. They continued to see each other, and Cameron quickly became an intensely loyal companion.
He accompanied her on surgeries and physical therapy appointments, and even at the sentencing of Melissa's attacker.
"He's been by my side through it all, helping me, loving me," Melissa said.
After a few months of dating, he popped the question to Melissa on the pitcher's mound at a Tampa Bay Rays game. They'll be getting married next March.
"I had to go through all this stuff that led me to find him. I wouldn't want to go through what I went through again, but I also wouldn't change it because it led me to Cameron," she said.
Watch the Fox 13 report above.