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Officer fell in love with dispatcher after chaotic incident

Posted at 8:47 AM, Feb 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-14 11:47:17-05

A local couple has a unique anniversary coming up in a few weeks.

"I met my husband on a shooting and it always seems to kind of get the attention of everybody in the room," said Lisa Cunningham, the wife of a Las Vegas police officer and a former dispatcher herself.

That's the short version.

In March of 2002, Jason Cunningham and his partner got a call about an armed suicidal man. In a tragic turn, the officers shot at him. Yet something beautiful bloomed all because Jason went to see the dispatcher who talked him through one of the scariest moments of his life.

"To this day I don't know why, but I stopped at like a Circle K or a 7-11 there before I got there and bought a single red rose, and I had no intention of anything going in there other than just to thank her," said Jason Cunningham.

"At the time, honestly, I didn't even know who he was so I was talking to somebody over the phone and wondering why this police officer was standing next to my desk holding a rose and a card," said Lisa Cunningham.

It wasn't smooth sailing right away.

"There was one small part of me that was begging the person on the other end of the phone to just kind of keep talking because I had no idea how I was going to deal with this guy standing next to me," said Lisa Cunningham.

Almost one year later the couple got married. Now they have a home and a daughter, but Lisa Cunningham deals with something every police wife goes through.

"I know that there's always a chance that when he walks out this door that he won't come back, and there's always a chance that the officer that knocks on my door is not him," said Lisa Cunningham.

They both understand the risks of the job, but they also know they might not be together if it hadn't been for that scary night.