By Lauren Fruen
THIS is the tear-jerking moment police officers stepped in for a bride’s father daughter dance after her dad, and their former colleague, died chasing a suspect.
Mikayla Wroten broke down in tears when the men joined her after her beloved father David Poling was killed in the line of duty.
The bride, 19, said she had no idea the five cops were planning the big surprise after they planned in secret with her new husband Dakota.
College student Mikayla had already carried a bouquet with a picture of her dad down the aisle with the words, “Walk with me today Daddy”.
Her dad – a former Marine and former probation officer – died in 2007 while working as a cop.
Mikayla, from Ohio, also made sure his Marine Corps portrait and boots were also sitting “where he would have been”.
Each former police colleague stepped in dressed in uniform with a special wedding dance.
They had been in civilian clothes as guests at the wedding by got changed for the surprise.
New hubby Dakota, who also works with Champlin in the Sheriff’s department, the photographer and the DJ were the only people in on the surprise.
The officers danced to “I Loved Her First” by Heartland.
Mikayla – who was walked down the aisle by her stepdad – said: “One of the police officers – Matt – was actually my dad’s best friend.
“I was full of emotion. I never expected anything like that to happen. It was a real surprise.
“I was nine-years-old when my dad died and we were very close.
“Every girl wants their dad there on their wedding day to walk them down the aisle and for the dance.
“It was one of my dads former colleagues who actually came up with the idea.
“Dakota was so excited for the surprise. He said it was so hard to keep it a secret.
“We have known each other since we were little and Dakota knew my dad when he was boy.
“I told every single one of them I loved them and how much it meant to me for them to be there for me.”