But while Parry and Hoekstra did all that they could to ensure a drama-free wedding day, fate had other ideas. On August 25, 2017, just weeks before the couple’s big day, Hurricane Harvey smashed into Texas. The tropical cyclone went on to cause $200 billion worth of damage and claim more than 80 lives.
As a firefighter, Parry was at the forefront of the rescue efforts in Texas. The state suffered major flooding in the wake of the hurricane. So, for weeks he helped to pull people from their water-logged homes. However, he never thought that soon he’d be in the same position himself.