A bride and groom have stopped traffic on their wedding day, but for a very unusual reason.
Taylor Rafferty and her new husband, Chris, were just like any other couple on their wedding day as they posed for photos.
But when a man was struck by a car, the two off-duty police officers paused their wedding and jumped into action.
Luckily for the injured man, not only were the bride and groom in the police force, but so were many members of the bridal party who all took a break from the photographs to administer first aid and wave down emergency vehicles responding to the accident.
Marion County Sheriff's Office in Florida praised the couple on Monday for their efforts during the December wedding.
“Unfortunately, danger and tragedy don’t take breaks, so even on your days off a law enforcement officer’s duty is to protect and serve,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook along with a photo of the bride and groom.
In the photo, the two deputy newlyweds are seen helping direct traffic while members of the bridal party assist the injured man behind them.
"The entire wedding party – fully dressed in wedding attire – responded and rendered aid to the man who had been injured," the post said.
The well-dressed first responders consisted of Deputy Dustin French, Deputy Samantha Horne, Deputy Ryan Murphy, Detention Deputy Danielle Donely and Officer Kyle Kern.
Deputy Horne held the injured man’s head to prevent further damage, while Detention Deputy Rafferty directed traffic in her wedding dress and the others in the group ensured everyone else was okay.
Fortunately, the man was not severely injured and after he was transported to hospital by ambulance, the wedding continued.
"Our greatest admiration goes out to the Raffertys and every member of their wedding party, who without a second thought took action to assist everyone involved in this incident," the sheriff's office added.
"Thank you for dedicated service to our community in every way you know how."
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