Romantic sparks filled the air during two Fourth of July parades as a Lake Station police officer proposed to his high school sweetheart and a Whiting couple wed.
Lake Station Officer Kevin McCann, 22, literally stopped the Lake Station parade Wednesday night to propose to his Hobart High School sweetheart, Melissa Lynn Cooper, 22.
"It was so perfect and the best thing was that she had no idea," McCann said.
McCann, who joined the Lake Station Police Department eight months ago, was joined in his proposal effort by fellow officers.
Wearing their dress uniforms, the officer got out of the squad cars, stood in formation then dropped on their knees with McCann when he proposed to Cooper.
"It says a lot about the department's character and cooperation, with me being just a rookie," McCann said.
Cooper, who recently graduated with a nursing degree from Valparaiso University, said yes.
McCann said the couple, who have been in a relationship since Sept. 28, 2008, plan to get married in about a year.
The Fourth of July holiday proved to be a romantic day for another area couple, Debra Pulido-Sullivan, 50 and Michael Sullivan, 57, both of Whiting.
The couple exchanged vows just minutes before the start of the Whiting parade on Thursday in a small ceremony presided over by Hammond City Judge Jeff Harkin.
"Michael decided that we would get married a few months ago. I thought he was kidding," Pulido-Sullivan said.
The couple met seven years ago in Calumet City.
"This is my first marriage and his second," she said.
The couple held a barbecue in their yard following the parade and plan to hold a second reception with friends and family in Burnham today.
Officer Kevin McCann stops the 4th of July Parade in Lake Station to Purpose Marriage to Melissa Cooper July 3, 2013