The photos that accompany this article are missing one important piece: Kendall James Murphy. The firefighter was killed in November of 2017. At the time, he was engaged to Jessica Padgett. On the day they were supposed to have been married, Padgett posed for photos. Now many of us are sharing in her grief.
The wedding had been planned for September 29 of this year. Murphy, though, was killed at the scene of a fire when his colleague, Colby Blake, crashed his vehicle. Blake walked away from the crash, but officers later discovered he was intoxicated.
“The photos,” Daily Mail notes, “were taken by Loving Life Photography and shared on Facebook.”
“She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the Universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings,” the photographer wrote.
On the night of Murphy’s death, the unit had been called to the scene of a driver who was stuck in his vehicle.
Blake, who had been drinking, was speeding to the scene. He rear-ended a truck when he failed to stop, and then careened into another.
Murphy was outside of his personal vehicle, pulling his gear from the backseat, when Blake slammed into him.
At the scene, Blake was arrested for “causing death when operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of .15 or more.”
More than a year later he has still not been tried, and no trial date has been set.
After the photo shoot, both the Murphy and Padgett families went to the National Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
“What a emotional, amazing weekend this was! This foundation not only honored my Kendall, but also took us in as family,” Jessica wrote on Facebook.
“He had a true servant’s heart and captivating personality that would light up any room. His wittiness would make anyone laugh and have him making friends in no time. He didn’t know a stranger,” the National Fallen Firefighters Association wrote in honoring Murphy.