Bride of firefighter killed at crash scene takes wedding photos alone
Jessica Padgett posed for photos on what was supposed to be her wedding day with firefighter Kendall Murphy, who was killed by an alleged drunk driver in 2017
DAVIESS COUNTY, Ind. — A woman who was supposed to marry a firefighter that was killed by an alleged drunk driver posed for photos alone on their wedding day.
FOX59 reported that Jessica Padgett was supposed to marry firefighter Kendall Murphy on Sep. 29, 2018, but he was killed after another firefighter, who allegedly arrived at the scene with a reported blood-alcohol content of 0.21 percent, struck him with his vehicle.
Murphy’s mother, Katrina, asked photographer Mandi Knepp if she would hold a photoshoot for Padgett on the planned wedding day in an effort to help Padgett heal.
Knepp agreed, and on Sept. 29 Padgett posed in her wedding dress with Murphy’s belongings, including his helmet and uniform.
Community members also wrote Padgett letters at the request of her best friend, and she has enough to read one every day for the next six months.
FOX News reported that Murphy was honored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, who described him as a “selfless man of God who loved spending time with his family and friends.”
These photos are both heartbreaking and beautiful. Taken on what was supposed to be Jessica Padgett’s wedding day.— Kelly Reinke (@KellyReinkeTV) October 8, 2018
She never got to marry Kendall Murphy, the love of her life.
Montgomery Volunteer Firefighter was killed by a drunk driver while helping a crash victim. pic.twitter.com/LL4jQ0RvaA