At 3:30 a.m., the last thing a 911 dispatch operator expects to get is a marriage proposal but that is exactly what Beth Cook got one Thursday morning. It was no hoax either. It was her boyfriend, Lieutenant Rad Nelson calling in on the radio for everyone on the channel to hear. Beth described the events of that night.
She was working the teletype machine when Rad called in and asked to switch over to one of the radio channels. She did and said ‘go ahead,’ not having any idea what this was all about.
Officer Nelson spoke from his heart, calling her by her full name – Elizabeth Anne Cook, before telling her his feelings came from the bottom of his heart and the depths of his soul. Then he simply asked, ‘will you marry me?’
After a brief pause, Beth replied, ‘of course.’
Congratulatory radio chatter followed as other who heard the proposal chimed in. One quipped that it was the first time he’d heard the operator stutter.
Nelson made his way back to the communications center to make things official. It had been a quiet night in the 911 call center but as soon as Rad dropped to one knee, the 911 phone lines lit up like Christmas. Beth had no time to hug her fiancé as she had to get to work immediately. That was alright. Their dedication to their jobs was one of the things they admired in one another.
Rad admitted having a few butterflies before making his proposal but not because he was uncertain that she would say yes. He was just nervous about how exactly she might say it.
The couple is very much in love and even exchanged a kiss during the interview with NBC news. Beth and Rad were anxious to marry, too. The couple kept the engagement short. They married 15 days later in a simple outdoor ceremony. Hopefully now they get to live happily ever after.