Love is in the air, thanks to newlyweds Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani!
On Friday, September 24 – the country music megastar honored a brave officer, who recently got injured in the line of duty, at his concert in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The “God’s Country” singer recognized Tulsa Police Officer Aurash Zarkeshan to continue his mission to highlight one local hero at each stop on his Friends & Heroes Tour. To go along with his kind gesture, Zarkeshan received front-row tickets and a $5,000 donation to the charity of his choice by the Bank of Oklahoma.
The courageous policeman picked the TPD Foundation and his life-long partner that night, as he also proposed to his girlfriend at the side of the stage during the performance of top-charting hit “Nobody But You” that features Gwen Stefani.
“In the words of Blake Shelton, “I don’t want to love nobody but you,” says the Tulsa Police Department on Facebook. “A big congratulations to Officer Aurash Zarkeshan on his engagement. On the front row of the concert tonight, Officer Zarkeshan proposed to his longtime girlfriend at the BOK Center,” they add about the romantic love story.
The honor follows a horrific incident that occurred in July 2020. Just six weeks after officer Zarkeshan completed training with the Tulsa Police Department, Zarkeshan and partner Craig Johnson encountered a sticky situation during a routine stop on East 21st street in Oklahoma.
According to 6ABC News, out of self-defense – the two officers had to pepper spray and pull a stun gun on suspect David Anthony after he refused to comply with their commands. Within seconds, Zarkeshan and Johnson were shot multiple times in the head by the driver with a firearm.
After being in critical condition, the 15-year veteran, Craig Johnson, died and left behind a beautiful wife and two young sons. Meanwhile, Zarkeshan spent months in rehab following the deadly innocent. It wasn’t long until the selfless hero returned to work in November 2020 to keep his community safe. “Officer Zarkeshan was back to work today on light duty! We were excited to see him. #tulsahope #tpd,” says a social media post by the department.
Zarkeshan is actively serving and slowly returning to normal. Shelton’s tour wraps up next weekend in Michigan and Wisconsin and returns to NBC’s The Voice for the live rounds of the show later this year.
Watch Shelton’s full “Nobody But You” performance below.