Douglas County Fire Lt. Sean Nelson and paramedic/firefighter Trudy Nelson were wed in 2007.
Each had been married before so, when they said their “I do’s,” a new family was created, including Sean’s 23-year-old daughter and her two children, ages 3 and 18 months, and his wife’s two boys, ages 10 and 15, from her previous marriage.
Sean said although both are in the same profession, they work different shifts, allowing one or the other to be home with their boys, which is of upmost importance to the couple.
“With one of us being home with the boys all the time, being married hasn’t caused any problems and it has worked out well for our boys,” Mrs. Nelson said.
Their staggered shifts allow them to be together about once every three days, Nelson said, however, that there have been times, although infrequent, when they have each responded to the same emergency.
Nelson is a third-generation firefighter and has been with Douglas County for 26 years while his wife is in her 18th year with the department.
Mrs. Nelson began her life-saving career as an emergency medical technician before becoming a paramedic in 2005.
They both believe being in the same profession has created a stronger marriage bond for them and has brought increased stability to their union.
“When we are off duty and together at home, I can talk to Trudy about how her day has been and she can talk to me about my day,” Nelson said.
“Knowing that each of us understands and supports the other means a lot to each of us as we can identify with what the other has been through.”
The couple got to know one another at work in 1998 as Mrs. Nelson, who was married to someone else at the time, worked as a member of her future husband’s shift.
“Sean said he had always liked me but with my being married at the time, we had only a professional, working relationship,” Mrs. Nelson said.
However, when her divorce was final, that relationship moved to a more personal level and developed from there, she said.
Their union has not only strengthened them individually but has brought more meaningful enjoyment in the time the family has to spend together.