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PANAMA CITY, Florida (WJHG) — At news stations across the country, listening to the police and fire department scanner traffic is an important part of covering breaking news.
But what one Florida newsroom overheard on the scanner during the overnight hours caught them off guard.
A sheriff’s office lieutenant popped the question.
Bay County Dispatcher Beth Cook spends hours each day answering 911 calls and directing emergency responses.
Little did she know that a simple request from a lieutenant would change her life forever.
“A normal shift, I was working teletype and at 3:30 in the morning he asked me to go over to one of our TAC channels, which is one of our talk around channels,” she recalls.
What came next will live on in scanner infamy.
“Elizabeth Ann Cook from the bottom of the my heart and the depths of my soul i want to ask you, will you marry me?”
Lt. Rad Nelson admits there were a few butterflies.
“Was just wondering what her response would be, I knew she would say yes, but I you know I was just wanted to see what she would say,” he laughs.
Cook replied “Of course. 10-4”.
There was lots of excitement but not a lot of time to celebrate.
“He came in and it was 3;30 in morning and the phones had been quiet, as soon as he got down on one knee the phones started blowing up,” Cook says. “911 starts ringing off the hook, so I wanted to hug him but I had to get back to my job. 911 waits for no one, even a proposal.”
They didn”t wait long to make it official.
After just a 15 day engagement the couple got married in an outdoor ceremony in front of the Bay County, Florida courthouse.