Monday, January 10, 2011

"I will love you and honor you all the days of your life ..."

Elizabeth Scalia linked to this touching story of a 76-year-old man who saved his wife's life in the Arizona tragedy this weekend. You can read the full reflection here, but first meet Dorwin Stoddard:

Like many men, Dorwin Stoddard had stood before an alter and promised God and those present, that he would love, cherish and protect Mavy for as long as they both should live. On Saturday, he made good on that promise in no uncertain terms.

The Arizona Daily Star reported Sunday that the retired couple was standing in line waiting to meet Giffords when a gunman, later identified as 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner, reportedly began shooting a semiautomatic weapon. Dorwan immediately pushed Mavy to the ground and covered her with his own body. He was shot in the head and for a few minutes was able to talk with Mavy before he quit breathing.

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