Former Roanoke City Police Officer Bryan Lawrence is using his faith to help others in the community. It's been five years since he was partially paralyzed when he was attacked, trying to arrest a man in Roanoke.
After a long rehabilitation process to be able to walk, he returned home less than six months after his attack.
WSLS was invited to a special wedding ceremony Monday morning with a touching connection to his continued healing.
Tylor Winfield got home Friday from Army Boot Camp and by now he is about to share his first dinner with his new wife Shanan. The weather couldn't have been better for the Monday morning wedding at Hotel Roanoke.
Former Roanoke City Police Officer Bryan Lawrence who is now a minister, presided over the ceremony. Tylor's mom is one of Brian's physical therapists.
Lawrence explains, "I have had to have additional surgeries but I am still upright and walking."
Tylor's Dad John says, "The military is willing to give their lives. Bryan is paying the rest of his life for protecting us. It is very special."
This is a special day for everyone to enjoy, before the packing begins. Tylor and Shanan leave for Fort Hood Texas in ten days.
Lawrence says, "From there he may be going to Afghanistan. I am very proud of him. We pray for all of our service men and women serving overseas."
Donna Winfield says, "We are very proud of my son. We are proud of Bryan. Everything came together. It just feels really good and right."
Young love in bloom.
Shanan Winfield says, "I saw him and I just knew he was the one we started talking and I just fell in love with him."
Tylor adds, "We are going to get as much done as we can. I am going to make her as happy as I can."
The smiles you see for the cameras here are genuine... this day of new beginnings is full of meaning for everyone.
Bryan Lawrence has been a minister for Cave Rock Baptist Church in Troutville for about two years now.
Christmas lights are everywhere this time of year but most of them don't look or sound like this. The Lights on Longhorn display in Roanoke.