A bride-to-be wore her wedding gown to visit her late fiancé’s grave on the day they were supposed to say “I do”.
In September 2017, Jessica Padgett was engaged to Kendall James Murphy, a firefighter in Montgomery, Indiana. Unfortunately, the groom-to-be passed away before they could exchange vows.
Murphy, 27, lost his life in November the same year when his coworker, who was driving under the influence, collided with three cars.
Murphy’s fellow firefighter Colby Blake had a blood alcohol level of .21% at the time of the collision, which is more than twice the legal limit.
Hours before Murphy passed away, the soon-to-be-married duo spent their evening at Murphy’s home “making supper and watching movies”.
Later in that night, she received the heart-breaking news. She recalled: “It was a nightmare. I fell out of my bed. I was completely numb head to toe”.
To pay tribute to her late fiánce, Padgett visited Murphy’s tombstone on the day of their wedding. The entire bridal party came to support her.
Padgett can be seen knelt beside Murphy’s grave in one photo, which was taken by Loving Life Photography. In another, she was pictured posing with his firefighter boots and helmet.
Before the family lighted paper sky lanterns above Murphy’s cemetery, the maid of honor and best man each made speeches.
In 2016, Murphy joined the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. The same year, he popped the question to Padgett.
After passing away, Murphy was honoured by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Now after 5 years, Padgett has moved on and found the love of her life. But on her Facebook, she still pays tribute to firefighters who work hard to protect communities and keep people safe.