Double-Amputee Marine's Piggyback Ride From Wife Shows What a Hero He Truly Is (PHOTO)

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marine being carried by wife jesse kelly cottleAn adorable married couple from San Diego are suddenly making headlines and are the toast of Facebook, and it's easy to see why. Jesse Cottle, a Marine and double-amputee, and his wife Kelly were visiting Kelly's family in Idaho recently and decided to do a good old-fashioned family photo shoot with Sarah Ledford of ShutterHappy Photography. Little did they realize that an image of Kelly giving Jesse a piggyback ride would go crazy viral!

Jesse lost both of his legs in Afghanistan in 2009 after stepping on an IED (improvised explosive device), which was all caught on video by a fellow Marine wearing a helmet camera. The footage actually ended up being used in a documentary about Jesse called Coming Home. And while the experience must've been harrowing to say the least, Jesse has an incredibly sunny outlook about it. He told ABC News, "If I hadn’t stepped on that IED, I wouldn’t have met [Kelly]. I wouldn't take it back ever." Wow.

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Someone in Jesse's position could have easily struggled with the aftermath of an incident like this. But instead, he's been able to move on from tragedy with a positive attitude and can-do approach that actually led him to meeting and marrying Kelly! And that awesome live-life-to-the-fullest attitude is just so apparent from the photo, it's no wonder it's resonating with -- and inspiring! -- the masses. Their photographer Sarah even told ABC:

Jesse is not a hero for stepping on an IED, he’s a hero because of the way he has handled what was handed to him and how he chooses to continue to conduct his life with his positive attitude.

Love it. And love that Jesse's clearly man enough to let Kelly help him. He's proud of it, explaining that he sees the photo as a symbol for their "whole relationship in general. She’s physically carrying me, but there’s times where she’s carrying me emotionally. It’s a perfect representation of who Kelly is." Aww! 

What's your take on the photo?


Image via Sarah Ledford/ShutterHappy Photography



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Leslie Felder

Love Sarah and her work. She takes all my family's pictures!

Liz Alcala

Gorgeous Couple!

nonmember avatar A Anthros

In this world so full of the unconscionable this makes up to some of that bad...may there life be full always....

Coles... Coles_mom

Beautiful couple, but I don't personally like the pose.

Aileen Baron

One of the most beautiful pictures I've ever seen. Much happiness to them both.

Mary Settle

Love it should have more young people with this commitment of love.
Thank you to all those who serve our country

nonmember avatar ProudMommy<3

Beautiful picture! Seems you can't always get away from small minded people...does it really matter if you like the pose or not? Im pretty sure that is not your picture...which means your opinions are not needed here. Can't you just settle that someone made their own decision with their OWN pictures and their own life!

Mingl... MinglingMom

What an adoable couple and photo!

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