This badass paramedic raced to the scene of a crash in the middle of her wedding.

The only thing more amazing than this photo of a woman in a wedding dress looking appropriately badass at the scene of a car accident is the story behind it.

Photo by Marcy Martin, used with permission.


Her name is Sarah Ray. She and her husband, Paul, are both paramedics. That's her responding to a crash. In the middle of her wedding.

According to an ABC News report, Sarah and Paul got the call between the ceremony and the reception and immediately took off for the scene.

"Ray, 29, said she received a call Oct. 3 -- an hour after her 4 p.m. 'I do's' -- that her father and grandparents had been involved in a collision a few miles away.
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Ray, who has been a paramedic for five years, said she and her groom jumped into a car and rushed to the scene without a second thought."

While in her wedding dress, Sarah assisted the victims, which included her father and grandparents.

According to the Rays' boss, Chief of Emergency Medical Services Jimmie Edwards, Sarah and Paul started helping rescue workers immediately.

"As I understand it, when Sarah arrived at the scene, she grabbed her wedding dress and the trail up in her hands and stepped right up in the back of the ambulance to make sure everybody was OK," Edwards told Upworthy.

Sarah and Paul's boss couldn't have been prouder.

"This is a testament that people that work in EMS are always on duty. It is a testament to the willingness to help others," Edwards said.

According to Edwards, Ray's grandmother and father were banged up in the crash but have since recovered.

Wedding or no, for Sarah and Paul, it was just another day at the office.

Photo by Highway Patrol Images/Flickr.

Sarah credits her coworkers for taking charge of the scene, and says she and Paul were just doing their jobs. As for Edwards, he had nothing but praise for his newlywed deputies.

"It exemplifies what being a paramedic is," he said.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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