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Marty and Jason Humphries

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We’re looking for young married couples to tell us how they fell in love. How did you meet? What were your first impressions? How was your first date? What attracted you to each other?

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Marty, 34, thought Jason, 25, was too young when they first met in 2004.

The patient: I was a single mom working for my dad doing construction work. I knew I needed a change, so I became an emergency medical technician. On one of my first calls, I rode with Jason and his EMS partner. While transporting the patient to the hospital, she asked if Jason and I were married. We laughed and said no.

The younger man: Jason was cute, but I'm 10 years older and was involved with someone at the time. Two years later, I had broken up with my boyfriend and was starting paramedic school. Jason was in school, too. When he found out I was single, he asked me out. I told him no. I didn't want to date anyone I worked with. Plus I was too busy working full time and going to school.

The blast: Jason was persistent and kept asking me out. After a few months, when school was coming to an end and I was lonely, I finally told him yes. But I didn't want anyone at work to know, and we were just going out as friends. We went to dinner and a movie and had a blast. It was just what I needed.

The cruise: We've been together every day since. Jason is a wonderful person, and the difference in age is funny: I was going to Bon Jovi concerts when he was 5 years old. We celebrated the one-year anniversary of our first date with a Caribbean cruise. The night before we left, Jason asked me to marry him. The wedding was Aug. 8.

Kathy Haight

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