Accident victims get engaged in the emergency department


First Posted: 3/18/2008

VAN WERT - Jeanette Iacono and Scott Jungbauer had been looking forward to their spring break for weeks. While driving from St. Paul, MN, to visit Scott's brother in Columbus, they had a little detour in Van Wert. A car pulled out in front of them while they were heading east on US 30. The next thing Scott knew, there were two women yelling at him. Ambulances arrived and Scott realized he was going to need more than their medical attention. In the car, which was totaled, was a bag of Christmas gifts he was delivering to his brother. More importantly, in the gift bag was a coffee can and hidden in that can was the engagement ring he had bought for Jeanette. He convinced one of the EMT's to go back to the car and search for the can. She found it and delivered it to him without Jeanette knowing.Both Jeanette and Scott were brought to the Van Wert County Hospital Emergency Department where they were treated for minor injuries. While waiting in the treatment room Scott realized that there was no better time than the present. He asked Jeanette if she would marry him. Jeanette replied, "If we can survive an accident like that, we can survive marriage!"While waiting for Scott's brother to drive up from Columbus to pick them both up, they spent the time calling family and friends to tell them the news. The two had dated almost three years and had been discussing marriage. Scott knew that he was going to propose to Jeanette during their vacation but had no idea when. When Scott asked her how she would like him to propose she said she wanted it to be funny. It wasn't funny, but given the circumstances, it will never be forgotten and every St. Patrick's Day will have a special meaning.