Hopeless romantics unite. Guys, this dude just set the bar pretty high… knight in shining armor, romantic, firefighter/paramedic. What can you say; dreams can come true?
Melissa Dohme lay on the pavement soaked in her own blood, stabbed 32 times by her ex-boyfriend in front of her Florida home, almost three years ago.
One of the first persons to respond on scene was Cameron Hill, Firefight/Paramedic, “It was so bad,” Hill said, recalling the 2013 event, “you couldn’t tell she was blond.”
He helped stabilize and load her into the waiting helicopter, when something told him, it wouldn’t be the last time he would see her.
Monday night, he proposed to Melissa on the pitcher’s mound at a Tampa Bay “Devil” Rays game.
Dohme, who is now an advocate for survivors of domestic abuse was preparing to throw out the first pitch, when suddenly a man ran out to hand her the ball which had “Will you marry me?” inked on it. Then Hill got down on one knee and opened the small box he held in his hand.
She looked at him and said: “Get out of my way, I have a pitch to throw.” No… back-up. She said; YES and then they kissed – then she threw the first pitch to her new fiancé.
Dohme received many injuries from her 2013 encounter, including wounds to the face, arms and shoulders. She spent several weeks in the hospital. She also suffered a stroke and a severed nerve that affected her balance and partly paralyzed her face. Yet despite all the tribulations she went through, she walked out of rehab on her own, has traveled the world and went back to school.
She and Hill managed to hook back up about 10 months after her attack, when she was a guest speaker at a Clearwater church. The awkwardness of their first encounter wore off pretty fast and turned to feelings of love and the rest is history.
Her ex-boyfriend, Robert Burton, Jr. pled guilty to attempted murder and is serving life in prison. She told the Tampa Bay Times back in 2013; “When I look back on that night, I can’t think of it as all bad anymore, because I met Cameron. He’s the one I’ve been waiting for. My fairy tale.”
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef.
Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak.
“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and vanish into air.” ~ John Quincy Adams