ST. PETERSBURG -- Melissa Dohme is the survivor of a violent attack by an ex-boyfriend in Clearwater, Fla., in 2012. Cameron Hill was an EMT who came to her aid that night. The two grew close in the months following the attack and began dating. On Monday they took one big step forward together.
Dohme threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Monday's Yankees-Rays game at Tropicana Field, where she was recognized for her community work against domestic violence. After she was introduced, Hill ran from the Rays' dugout and met her on the mound with the baseball. He dropped to one knee and revealed that the sweet spot of the ball read, "Will you marry me?"
Dohme accepted Hill's proposal before making her pitch to her new fiancé and celebrating with friends and family in a suite.
The engagement takes Dohme one step farther from the awful events of January 2012, when she suffered 32 stab wounds to her head, neck, face, arms and hands. The attack left her with a fractured skull, nose and jaw; missing teeth; and facial paralysis.