Bride takes wedding photos alone to honor firefighter fiance killed by drunk driver

DAVIESS COUNTY, Ind. -- Sept. 29 was going to be the happiest day of Jessica Padgett’s life. She was supposed to marry her fiance, Kendall Murphy.

But her hopes and dreams of spending a lifetime with Murphy were shattered on Nov. 10. The volunteer firefighter was killed by an alleged drunk driver while helping a crash victim in Daviess County.

Murphy's death was devastating to many members of the community who remembered him as a kind man and someone who "gave his all in everything he did."

Katrina Murphy, Kendall’s mother, approached photographer Mandi Knepp after his death and asked if she would do a photo shoot with Padgett on the day they planned to wed.

She thought it would be a good way to honor Murphy and help Padgett with the healing process.

Knepp told WXIN that she agreed and would do anything to help.

Knepp took photos of Padgett while she put on her dress and did her makeup. She posed with several of Murphy's belongings, including his uniform, his helmet and his boots.

Padgett was also presented with a stack of letters from everyone in the community.

Her best friend asked people to write the letters of support, and she received enough to read one per day for the next six months.

Murphy was one of five firefighters from Indiana honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday in Washington.

The Montgomery Fire Station and St. Peter Catholic Church helped “paint the town red” to honor Murphy.

Loving Life Photography put up several photos on its Facebook page.

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