Police are used to dealing with people on the worst days of their lives. This day was different.
Computer scientist Troy Goldschmidt asked an Eau Claire, Wisconsin, police officer to propose marriage on a cold November afternoon.
Eau Claire Police Department spokesman Josh Miller said the couple had a “very positive” interaction with Officer Maggie Andersen when Moriah Pritchard lost her cellphone during a previous visit to the city. It is said that he was
For that reason, Mr. Goldschmidt specifically requested that Mr. Andersen be involved in this project, Mr. Miller said in a statement.
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The next time they came to a town about 90 miles east of Minneapolis, Goldschmidt and Miller arranged a stop.
The couple arrived before checking into their hotel and had just stopped their car at an intersection.
“Is this recently issued?” the officer asked, pretending to have Goldschmidt’s license.
“So I got a new ID,” Goldschmidt replied with a slight smile that Pritchard couldn’t see at the time.
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The officer told him to get out of the car. He whispers when his voice is out of earshot. “are you ready?”
The clip then cuts to Andersen knocking on the passenger side window and his body camera capturing him talking to Pritchard. She also escorts Goldschmidt out of her car as her partner pretends to have her hands behind her back over an issue with her license.
But he took out his ring, got down on one knee, and held out his hand.
“Moria,” he said as she turned around. “I love you so much. You are my best friend. I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”
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Then he posed the question.
she said so.
In a Facebook post, he thanked police for capturing the moment with their body cameras.
“I’m glad I had the video because I barely remember what I said,” he wrote. “Moriah and I can’t stop smiling!”
Pritchard wrote that although she doesn’t post much on social media, she had to share her big moments.
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“I am so grateful to the Eau Claire Police Department for volunteering their time and to Troy Goldschmidt for his love, care and creativity,” she wrote. “I couldn’t be happier. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you!”
City police said in a statement that they were pleased with this.
Eau Claire police posted the video on Facebook, writing, “You never know what can happen at a traffic stop,” along with a wedding ring emoji.
FOX News’ Mitch Picasso contributed to this report.