Kirsten Mundell’s 2015 wedding marked six years since her father died. The daughter accepted that her father would not be at her wedding.
Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Kent Mundell of Spanaway, WA, was killed in the line of duty. While responding to a domestic violence attack, he was shot. The officer died seven days later.
“Any wedding is a big deal, and not having my dad there was a lot harder for all of us,” Mundell tells KOMO news.
Kirsten wanted to honor her father by setting out a chair for him at the table. The back of her wedding dress had a thin blue line attached to honor his work in law enforcement.
“It’s hard realizing it’s been almost six years and he’s not going to be there in that chair,” she says. “It’s his chair and he’s there, but he’s not. It meant a lot knowing that we were able to save a spot for him and knowing that I felt him there. I knew he was there.”
What she didn’t expect was that there would be another tribute to the fallen officer, one that she didn’t plan.
While dancing with her husband, all of sudden someone tapped her on the shoulder.
“We’re sitting there dancing and then all of a sudden someone taps me on the shoulder and says, ‘Can I cut in?’ and I was shocked. I didn’t know how to react, how to respond,” Kirsten says. “He said, ‘There’s a whole line of us,’ and right as he said that is when the next officer cut in and I just broke down.”
There wasn’t a dry eye in the entire room. Officer after officer went up to pay their respects. No one could replace Kirsten’s dad, but they sure did a wonderful job honoring his memory.
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