CINCINNATI -- U.S. Marine Cpl. Ethan Kaiser faced fears few ever will while serving in Afghanistan.
But on Sunday the Miamisburg native needed to rely on an entirely different kind of courage to propose marriage to the love of his life in front of more than 33,000 people.
Kaiser decided there was no better place to do that than the bleachers at Great American Ball Park.
The plan to propose to his longtime girlfriend, Sarah Reed, at Sunday’s Reds-Brewers game was actually hatched by his future father-in-law, Scott Reed.
WCPO was involved in the planning -- and helped make sure everything went smoothly and the nervous groom-to-be didn't "screw up."
“I just want to make sure I don't screw it up and look like an idiot in front of a bunch of people,” Kaiser joked with WCPO photographer Mark Slaughter moments before asking for Sarah’s hand prior in marriage.
At the start of the third inning, Slaughter went up to Section 144 where the young couple and their guests were sitting and recorded Sarah hearing the question she has waited her entire life to be asked.
“Will you marry me?”
Overjoyed with emotion, Sarah didn't know what to say at first.
“I’m a bit shocked here,” she said after embracing her future husband and looking at the ring he presented her.
“Oh, I don’t want to be an ugly crier” she joked after accepting the proposal.
In a way, the surprise proposal mirrors how the former high school sweethearts rekindled their love.
After breaking up for a time, the two reunited over Facebook while Kaiser was serving a tour of duty in the Middle East.
“Yeah, I was worried about him, but I'm glad he's home," Sarah said. "I'm just so glad to be with him."
See photos and video of the couple before and after the proposal in the media player above.