- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sarah Ray, a paramedic from Tennessee, didn’t let her wedding day get in the way of work. The newlywed was en route to her own wedding reception earlier this month when she put her plans on hold after learning her relatives were in a minor car accident a few miles away.

“The car was totaled, that’s all we knew,” Mrs. Ray told Clarksville, Tennessee’s Leaf-Chronicle newspaper this week. “We hopped in the car with my sister and her husband and headed to the crash.”

Moments later, Mrs. Ray was at the scene of the accident, and she didn’t let her big day get in the way of doing her job, either. Instead she climbed into the back of ambulance and began assisting the on-the-clock paramedics who had been dispatched to treat the victims of the crash — her own grandparents.

“I trusted my co-workers to know what they are doing,” Mrs. Raytold ABC News this week. “We were just there to check up on the situation. It doesn’t matter if it’s your wedding day or not.”

“I just hate that everyone uses the word ‘hero,’ ” Mrs. Ray said on Monday. “It’s not heroic. That’s just what we do every day, and it was family. I believe any other first responder would do the same thing. It just happened that I was in a wedding dress.”

Indeed, Mrs. Ray was dressed in her bridal outfit as the whole ordeal unfolded on the afternoon of Oct. 3. A photograph showing her walking away from the crash scene in her wedding dress in the rain has since ended up going viral online. Weeks later the image was posted on Montgomery County’s Facebook page and soon after garnered more than 12,000 likes, 5,300 shares and over 1.4 million views.

“How dedicated are you to your job? Sarah Ray, paramedic with Montgomery County Emergency Medical Services, was photographed on her wedding night working the wreck of one of her wedding guests. Now that’s dedication … she stopped to assist on the way from the wedding to the reception! Thank you, Sarah, for loving what you do!” the post read.

“I think the photo is great,” Mrs. 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 [the photo] now.”

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