A New York police officer became an integral part of one couple’s wedding ceremony after responding to a car accident.
The Suffolk County Police Department shared the story on Facebook.
Officer Cody Matthews responded to a minor crash on Montauk Highway where he encountered a couple and their two children all dressed up.
Joseph DeMichele, 36, and Feliece Terwillinger, 36, along with their children were heading to their wedding ceremony when their 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee collided with another car around 1:15 p.m.
According to the Suffolk County Police Department, no one involved in the crash was injured.
Officer Matthews offered to drive the soon-to-be-married couple along with their 10-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter to Town Hall for the ceremony.
The newlyweds showed their gratitude to the officer by asking him to stay as an official witness for the ceremony and to sign their marriage certificate.
The department commended Officer Mathews on a “job well done” and extended “heartfelt congratulations to Feliece & Joseph, as well as Gianna and Jayden.”
The groom shared his perspective of the eventful day on his Facebook page.
7 years today was a wonderful turn out from running to get married and getting in to an accident making sure my kids and my wife were ok to race to the town hall and the officer that’s was my best man at the last minute but In all I would not change my day and the rest of my life for nothing thanks again Suffolk county for the help they gave and Elizabeth Yacono for being a part of a magical day love you lots
Many social media users were impressed by the officer’s generosity.
One user commented:
Awesome – Good action by this officer, lucky family ! Best wishes for the newlyweds. =D We need more officers that are genuinely ‘for’ helping people, like this young man; instead of against them in these times! 😉
Other commenters also commended Officer Matthews for his kind gesture and congratulated the couple on their lifelong bond.