Teaneck soldier weds longtime love before flying out

A Teaneck soldier set to fly out at 4 a.m. Wednesday married his longtime love Tuesday, saying he didn?t want to leave before making her his wife.

Sgt. Osvoldo Torres and Irisday Casas were married 10 years ago and had two daughters together, but later divorced. Over the years, they realized they wanted to be together again, and with Torres shipping out so soon, they had a limited amount of time to celebrate their love.

The wedding was planned in less than 24 hours. At the ceremony, Torres performed a song for his bride ? a song that he says included lyrics that really touched down on his situation. ?It talks about how the clock just ticks and time goes by,? he says. ?We?re praying the clock stops so we can be together just a little while longer.?

The couple has less than a day to celebrate their marriage. But according to Torres, marrying Casas now was better than waiting until he got back. ?I told her before, ?I wouldn? t want anything else but to be your husband again,?? he says. ?I expressed that a couple of times and this is like a dream come true.?

Casas says that faith will get her through until her husband comes home. ?God will protect him and protect us,? she says.

Thousands of New Jersey National Guard soldiers are deploying this month. Torres and his fellow soldiers will leave the Teaneck Armory to head to Fort Bliss, Texas for training. They will then travel to Iraq, where they will remain for one year.

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