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A 911 dispatcher from Chicago recently got married during his lunch hour…

Daniel Torrez and his new bride, Vesna, headed to the parking lot of his dispatch center before one of his trainers officiated the ceremony in a Hawaiian shirt. Daniel and Vesna met in high school when they were sophomores. They had cake after the ceremony. Daniel’s boss denied his request to have the rest of the day off and sent him back to work.

Torrez has been on the job for just four weeks, but the setting was right. And it was a welcome celebration for his co-workers, many of whom are still getting to know the future dispatcher.

The idea to hold the wedding at work came from Susan Dennewitz, another one of Torrez’s trainers.

“They were trying to get married but couldn’t. Every time they tried to go to City Hall or somewhere it was closed because of COVID, so it became a joke,” Dennewitz said, explaining she ran the idea by Daniel in jest.