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Written by Mark Nichols   

In Oklahoma, Rock Minghetti, a Ponca City police officer, decided he would make proposing marriage to his girlfriend an event to remember. The cop surprised his girlfriend by proposing at a recent Town & Gown theatrical performance.
“I’ve been at some ballgames where people propose on the (big screen) and everyone has seen the airplanes that fly the banner,” Rock told reporters with the Stillwater NewsPress. “I’ve always seen these big productions with a lot of people watching.”

Part of Minghetti’s decision to make the proposal a public event has to do with his faith.

“Because I come from a religious background, I believe you get baptized and when you get baptized you are professing to people, it’s an outward action for an inward decision,” he said. “I wanted to tell the world. And I know her world is Stillwater. It’s where she grew up. Everywhere we go, she knows somebody.”

Minghetti’s girlfriend, Kodi Riggs, attended high school and currently goes to college in Stillwater.

“She’s got three children, they are 2, 4 and 10,” Minghetti said. “When we first started talking, I never pictured myself being 40 and not having a big family. I came from a big family.”

Minghetti also has a 20-year-old daughter of his own.

“We have so much fun together,” Minghetti said. “We laugh and talk about everything and we have all the same interests.”

After speaking with her parents about the two getting married, they only had one question.

“They didn’t ask me how I was going to propose to her, they just asked when and I told them that I was wanting to do it on Valentine’s Day,” he said. “They thought that was really special and sweet.”

The couple began planning their Valentine’s Day together, starting with a dinner at a local hibachi grill and winding up the night by attending the comedy, “Greater Tuna,” at Town & Gown Theatre.

“Because of the timing of the date, I thought it would be perfect if the people at Town and Gown would include us,” he said.

Minghetti spoke to stage manager Paul Weber and he cleared it with Director Patt Ward Curtin and the cast. Everyone agreed.

“I thought the audience would enjoy it and I knew that it would fit right into the show,” said Curtin. “The actors were really pumped about it.”

“When we got there before the live show started, they said they were looking for a volunteer and they picked me,” Minghetti said.

Minghetti played the thing perfectly as far as keeping it a surprise.

“When we first sat down, he said, ‘This isn’t improv or anything,’” Riggs said. “They’re not going to pull people from the audience, right?”

She assured him they wouldn’t do that right before he was chosen “randomly” as a volunteer.

“I told the girl next to me he’s going to be so mad at me because I told him it wasn’t going to be improv,” Riggs said.

Then the show began and Minghetti came back out to center stage, asking for a volunteer himself. He selected Riggs. He dropped to one knee and popped the question.

“I just grabbed my mouth and was really surprised,” Riggs said.

“She’s the most perfect person I can imagine for me,” Minghetti said.

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