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Domestic Abuse Survivor Marries the First Responder Who Saved Her Life


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Melissa Dohme had been stabbed 32 times near her Florida home when she met her future husband.

Cameron Hill, an emergency worker, helped carry Dohme’s body from an ambulance to a helicopter that night in 2012 after she was battered by her ex-boyfriend, People reported.The two reconnected 10 months later after they both attended a luncheon in her honor.

“I didn’t even want to open my heart up to anything,” Dohme said. “I was afraid, but then I met Cameron.”

Dohme, 25, and Hill, 42, dated for four years before Hill proposed in 2015 at a Tampa Bay Devil Rays game where she threw the first pitch.The couple married on March 4 in Dade City, Florida in front of friends, family and six of the firefighters and EMTs who also helped save her life.

“It was a full circle moment,” Dohme said. “I spent the worst and the best day of my life with Cameron.” Hill described his wedding as “beautiful,” while Dohme described it as a “fairy tale.”

“I married the girl of my dreams,” Hill said.Although the two said they never expected to fall in love, Hill said Dohme’s strength is what drew him in.

“It’s unbelievable where my life’s come from and where I am now,” Dohme said. “For so long, I felt when looking at myself, that I wasn’t myself and I always had something wrong with me. I didn’t want people to always have to give me sympathy or anything like that.

Dohme is now an advocate for Clearwater-based domestic violence prevention group Hands Across the Bay.

“Life and love after abuse is possible,” she said, calling her new husband her “best friend.”

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