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Heather Labrum smiles as she and her husband Elkhart firefighter Dave Richter are lowered back to the ground after taking their vows in a fire ladder truck bucket 100' above their guests at the Central Fire Station in Elkhart Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. The noon ceremony added to the theme of 12 as a way to mark the 12.12.12. date. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Heather Labrum is helped from the bucket as she and her husband Elkhart firefighter Dave Richter, second from left, rejoin their family and friends on the ground after taking their vows in a fire ladder truck bucket 100' above their guests at the Central Fire Station in Elkhart Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. The noon ceremony added to the theme of 12 as a way to mark the 12.12.12. date. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Bride Heather Labrum, left, and her groom, Elkhart firefighter Dave Richter rejoin their family and friends on the ground after taking their vows in a fire ladder truck bucket 100' above their guests at the Central Fire Station in Elkhart Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. The noon ceremony added to the theme of 12 as a way to mark the 12.12.12. date. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Bride Heather Labrum, left, and her groom, Elkhart firefighter Dave Richter smile as photos are taken when they re-enter the truck bay to begin their wedding reception after taking their vows in a fire ladder truck bucket 100' above their guests at the Central Fire Station in Elkhart Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. The noon ceremony added to the theme of 12 as a way to mark the 12.12.12. date. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Firefighters, guests and family listen to the wedding vows from Lt. Dave Richter and Heather Labrum who are out of sight 100' above the ground in a ladder truck bucket as they wed at noon on Dec. 12, 2012 at the Elkhart Central Station. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)
Couple go to new heights to get married
Posted on Dec. 13, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

Truth Staff

ELKHART — Elkhart firefighter Dave Richter and his bride, Heather Labrum, chose Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, to be their wedding day. The 12/12/12 date was “unique and different,” according to the groom, and that is why they chose it.

Other aspects of their wedding were just as unique. The couple, along with the pastor, climbed into the bucket of one of the ladder trucks at Central Station and hovered 100 feet above family and guests as they exchanged vows.

Richter's fellow firefighters decorated spans of white hose with lights that edged the runner that created an aisle to the truck. Following the ceremony the couple had a full reception at the fire house.