He Left His Bride Before the First Dance. She Told Him to Go

Firefighter Jeremy Bourasa had to go on a call in his first hour of marriage
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2018 9:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – They got married in a firehouse, a fitting locale given groom Jeremy Bourasa's role as a volunteer firefighter in St. Paul Park, Minn. They'd even discussed a worst-case scenario in advance, reports KARE 11. "We talked about it, 'What if there’s a call?'" says Krista Bourasa. "I was like, 'You can let the other guys go; you’re not leaving our wedding.'" But a call did indeed come in, just after the ceremony ended as the couple was taking their wedding photos. (See one here.) And it soon became apparent the house fire was a major one, with the call for help going out to all local departments. The couple looked at each and knew what had to be done. "I took off my wedding clothes, put on my turnout gear, and stepped on the first truck that was heading out," says Jeremy.

And Krista was fine with it. "I kept hearing how bad it was and they needed more men," she says. "I just said, 'Go ahead and go babe, you’re fine. Just go help them and come back when you can.'" He made it to the reception a little more than two hours later, and the couple had their first dance before understanding guests, reports the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. The family knows first-hand what was at stake in the fire call: In 2016, Krista's sister and her boyfriend lost their home to a fire, and the year before that, the boyfriend's two children, ages 11 and 9, died in a fire. "I've got the rest of my life with him," Krista says of the wedding-day glitch. "They needed him for that moment." The house fire was indeed bad, as a photo from a GuFundMe page for the affected family shows. (Read more firefighters stories.)

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