It was a snowy, windy morning in New York City--and then disaster struck when a crane came crashing down, injuring dozens of people and causing havoc in lower Manhattan. Within minutes, first responders rushed to the scene, trying to help the injured and the shell-shocked amid the chaos.
One person caught in the middle of all the craziness was Nesh Pillay. The bride was on her way to meet her husband-to-be, Aaron Vanderhoff, on the steps of city hall, just a few short blocks away from the crane crash. The couple had planned a simple ceremony with just a few family members and friends.
Pillay, already in her wedding dress, realized that a city hall wedding was no longer possible. Shivering, she was trying to figure out what to do when a firefighter came up. Chaplain Ann Margaret Kansfield put her firefighter's jacket over PIllay's shoulder and escorted her to meet her groom. Then she married the couple on the steps of a courthouse.
"I feel so lucky she was there. There was a lot of fear over what was happening, and she was just incredible, leading us through everything. She made it seamless, even though it wasn't her job," Pillay told the New York Daily News.
Even though the couple was worried about the victims, Kansfield reassured them that it was okay to celebrate. In the end, it may not have been the wedding that they'd planned, but thanks to one New York City firefighter, it was special after all--and for that the couple is beyond grateful.
"I feel so lucky she was there. There was a lot of fear over what was happening, and she was just incredible, leading us...Posted by New York Daily News on Friday, February 5, 2016
"I feel so lucky she was there. There was a lot of fear over what was happening, and she was just incredible, leading us...
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