A Florida woman and a firefighter who responded to a 911 call in 2012 and saved her life are now preparing to get married.
In January 2012, Melissa Dohme was attacked by an ex-boyfriend and stabbed 32 times, according to media reports.
Cameron Hill was one of the first on the scene who discovered the 20-year-old covered in blood on the sidewalk.
“I remember there were tons of police officers, ambulance and fire rescue. Everyone was there all at once,” Dohme told WTVT.
Melissa was severely injured, with the stab wounds resulting in partial paralysis on one side of her face. She spent three weeks in hospital, but managed to walk out of rehab herself.
Ten months after the attack, she was speaking at a local church when Cameron and another first responder happened to be in the audience.
“I think it’s fate. He doesn’t know what it’s called. But it’s fate,” she added.
They hugged and agreed to meet up.
“I was just in awe of how far she’d come,” Cameron said.
He invited her to the fire house, where she met the crew who had rescued her.
“I was extremely giddy because I was having dinner with all the men who saved my life,” she told WTVT.
Hill helped Dohme during the trial of her former boyfriend, sitting beside her in court as Dohme’s attacker was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
After they dated for several months, Hill proposed to Dohme on a baseball field in May 2015. Dohme had been asked to throw the first pitch in a game involving the Tampa Bay Bears, and when Hill rushed up to present her with the ball, he had written “will you marry me” in red letters on it, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
“The more I learned about Cameron, the more I realized that we have so much in common. And this feeling that I was feeling was not just because he was someone who had saved me,” she told WTVT. “I really had feelings for this man.”
The couple is set to be married March 5, 2017.