Trooper serves as best man at wedding of man he saved from drowning

(Courtesy:  WSPA)
(Courtesy: WSPA)

TAYLORS, S.C. (WSPA) – A man that nearly drowned over the summer at Lake Greenwood in South Carolina got his happily ever after on Black Friday.

To add to the sweet story, the heroic highway patrol trooper who saved his life stood by the groom’s side as he said “I do.”

Over the summer, Ronnie Southerland and his wife Pauline believed they might lose each other forever.

“When I was underwater I thought this was it,” Ronnie said. “There wasn’t going to be anything else.”

“I said I would never do this again,” Pauline added. “But after such a scare, you kind of rethink things. God put us together.”

On a boat trip in July, Ronnie went under the water at Lake Greenwood and almost drowned.

Pauline, his girlfriend at the time, watched in horror and tried to help. They said that’s when Trooper Butler Sprouse and his wife came out of nowhere to pull him out. Sprouse was off duty that day.

“That incident brought us together, and now it feels like we are all one big family,” said Trooper Sprouse.

As soon as Ronnie recovered, he and Pauline decided it was time to tie the knot. Filled with gratitude, they asked Trooper Sprouse to be one of Ronnie’s best men.

“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him,” Ronnie explained. “Just happy I am still around to get married!”

To add icing on the cake, a local chapel hosted the wedding for free after hearing about the story.

“God sent us so many people to us and they are heaven-sent,” Pauline said.