“So there’s been a couple times where he’s tried to do it and it was a fail,” Herrera said. “So he’s like, ‘This time I had to do it over the top.’”
Benson was walking in the parade to support his little cousin, who is a member of the Huber Heights Future Warriors Dance Team. He positioned his then-girlfriend, who knew nothing of the coming surprise, with his mother, where they were to watch while he paraded on by.
“It was funny because I didn’t even catch on, either,” Herrera said. “My future mother-in-law and her cousin were like, ‘You have to be at the front of the barricade! Don’t let anyone get in front of you!’ And I was like, ‘I know I’m short but I can see over little kids.’ They said, ‘Don’t let the little kids get in front of you!’ and I said, ‘OK OK!’”
The Fremont, Ohio-native said she was shocked when she realized what was going on as her now-fiance pulled her into the spotlight during the parade. Before popping the question, Benson ran to the back of the parade vehicle, where he had a dozen roses waiting.
“He started pulling me out there and I was like, ‘No, no, no!’ And then after I registered what was happening I was like, ‘Why am I saying no?!’ It was so crazy. It felt just like a movie,” Herrera said.
The couple has already set a date and Herrera said they are excited to begin their lives in Dayton.