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Domestic Violence Victim and Paramedic 'Prince Charming' Engaged

A Clearwater woman who became an advocate for domestic violence victims after her own horrific attack is now engaged to a man she calls her "Prince Charming" - an EMT who helped save her life.

Melissa Dohme of Clearwater was stabbed 32 times by her ex-boyfriend Robert Burton in January 2012. Cameron Hill was one of the EMTs who responded to the 911 call. He later said that he knew he would see Dohme again after that night, despite the fact that she nearly died multiple times in the hospital following the attack.

The two met again in 2012 after he and another first responder surprised Dohme when she spoke at a church about her experience. They began dating soon afterwards.

Monday night, Dohme was scheduled to be honored for her work with fellow domestic violence survivors by throwing out the first pitch at the Tampa Bay Rays - New York Yankees game in St. Petersburg.

Hill surprised her on the field twice: first by presenting her with a baseball with the words "Will you marry me?" written on it, then by dropping to one knee and presenting her with a ring.

Burton, who pleaded guilty in 2013, is serving a life sentence.

Mark Schreiner is the assistant news director and intern coordinator for WUSF News.
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