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Fallen deputy honored at daughter's wedding

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SPANAWAY, WA (WKOW) -- When dreaming about your wedding day it's hard to imagine not having all of your loved ones by your side. But that's what happened for a bride in Washington after her dad was killed in the line of duty.

Deputy Kent Mundell was shot and killed by a suspect 6 years ago, but his daughter Kirsten says that pain never really goes away.

So she decided to pay tribute to him on her big day by wearing a blue ribbon down the back of her dress and saving him a seat in the front row.

"It means a lot knowing that we were able to save a spot for him and knowing that I felt him there," Kirsten said. "I knew he was there."

But the biggest gesture in Deputy Mendell's honor was a total surprise to Kirsten. During what would have been her father-daughter dance, several deputies, her dad's former colleagues, stepped in to show their support.

"We're sitting there dancing and then all of a sudden someone taps me on the shoulder and says 'Can I cut in,'" Kirsten said. "I was shocked, I didn't know how to react. How to respond."

"He said 'There's a whole line of us,' and right as he said that is when the next officer cut in and I just broke down."

Wedding guests say there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Kirsten says she knows the love and support she felt that day will last a lifetime.

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