Paramedic bride leaves own wedding to help family in car crash

A paramedic in Tennessee responded to an emergency call earlier this month minutes after saying "I do." Sarah Ray was still at the church in Clarksville, TN, on October 3 with her wedding party, when her father and grandparents were involved in a collision a mile away while on their way to the reception.

Ray and her new husband, also a paramedic, rushed to the scene of the crash still in their wedding day finery. They only knew that the car was that totaled and her family was injured, but not to what extent. Luckily, everyone's injuries were minor. Her grandmother and father went to the hospital with bruises from the air bags and seat belts. Her grandfather was not injured.

After making sure everyone was okay, Ray's mother snapped a photo of her in her wedding dress at the crash site. Ray told USA Today that her grandmother apologized for ruining her big day, but Ray says she doesn't see it that way.

"I think the photo is great," Ray said. "It definitely makes for a memorable wedding. I hate that the actual accident had to happen, but everyone is going to be OK, so we can kind of laugh about it now."

The image has since gone viral after it was posted on the Montgomery County Facebook page. The picture of her standing in her wedding dress in front of EMS trucks has garnered over 12,000 likes and more than 5,000 shares. Some are calling Ray a hero, but she says she was just doing her job.

"It's not heroic. That's just what we do every day, and it was family," she told USA Today. "I believe any other first responder would do the same thing. It just happened that I was in a wedding dress."

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