It was Kirsten Mundell’s wedding day, but the wonderful ceremony was tinged with sadness as Kirsten’s father wasn’t around to see it. He’d died six years earlier and worked as a police officer, so one of his cop friends decided to organize a touching tribute.
Kirsten’s wedding occurred in 2015. She had a hard time admitting that her dad wouldn’t there to lead her down the aisle, but it was a sad fact that she simply had to accept.
Her father, Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Kent Mundell, had been killed while on-the-job. He was shot while responding to a call about a domestic dispute and died from his wounds a week later.
“Any wedding is a big deal, and not having my dad there was a lot harder for all of us,” said Kirsten, who decided to honor her dad by leaving one empty chair for him at the bride and groom’s table. She also attached a blue ribbon to the back of her dress, representing the “thin blue line” of the law.
“It’s hard realizing it’s been almost six years and he’s not going to be there in that chair,” she said. “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.”
Kirsten’s tributes were touching, but she wasn’t expecting one of her wedding guests to offer his own tribute to her father.
Kirsten was dancing with her new husband when she felt a tap on her shoulder. It was a man in a police officer’s uniform, and he was asking her for a dance.
“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. 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.”
One by one, the officers danced with Kirsten in an incredibly touching moment. Check out the video below to learn more and be sure to SHARE it around.