Country music superstar dedicates concert to fallen fire Lt

Keith Urban dedicated his Charlottesville concert to Lt. Brad Clark, who was killed when a tractor-trailer crashed into his fire truck


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A country music superstar honored a fallen fire lieutenant during one of his concerts.

WTVR reported that Keith Urban recognized Lt. Brad Clark, who died when a tractor-trailer crashed into his fire truck, by dedicating his concert to the firefighter before singing “But For the Grace of God.”

“I want to make a special dedication tonight to a brother of all of you guys who lost his life,” Urban said. “Lt. Brad Clark, from Mechanicsville, Virginia. His dad is here tonight. And I want to dedicate this show tonight to him.”

Urban was made aware of Clark’s death by one of Clark’s old classmates, Matt Smith, who had the opportunity to meet Urban before the show while celebrating his anniversary with his wife.

Smith suggested that Urban make the dedication after finding out that Clark’s father would be in attendance.

“He was great, very personable,” Smith said of Urban. “As we were getting ready to take a photo, I told him about [Brad Clark] who was killed during the hurricane and that his father was in the audience.”

Smith added that Urban listened intently and asked him to share more of Clark’s story with his team. He also said that he noticed notes about Clark sitting next to Urban’s set list.

“You know how sometimes you’ll meet a celebrity and you’ll know they’re just passing the time [talking to you],” Smith said. “It did not feel that way at all with Keith. He wanted to spend two minutes minimum talking to you.”

 
Keith Urban dedicates Virginia concert to fallen Hanover firefighter

Country music superstar Keith Urban dedicated his Sunday night concert in Charlottesville to Hanover County Fire-EMS Department firefighter Lt. Brad Clark. Clark was killed earlier this month on Interstate 295 when a tractor trailer ran into his firetruck, while he and other firefighters helped victims in another crash during Tropical Storm Michael. "I want to make a special dedication tonight to a brother of all of you guys who lost his life," Urban said during the show. "Lt. Brad Clark, from Mechanicsville, Virginia. His dad is here tonight. And I want to dedicate this show tonight to him." Urban learned of Clark's life and untimely death from one of the fallen firefighter's old classmates Matt Smith. Smith and Clark attended elementary, middle, and high schools together in Hanover. Smith and his wife were celebrating their anniversary at Urban's show and had an opportunity to meet the singer before the performance. Another classmate, who knew Clark's father was going to be in attendance, suggested Smith ask Urban to make the dedication. "He was great, very personable," Smith said of Urban. "As we were getting ready to take a photo, I told him about [Brad Clark] who was killed during the hurricane and that his father was in the audience." Smith said Urban listened intently and told Smith to share more details with members of his team. When Urban came out to perform, Smith said he noticed notes about Clark printed along Urban's set list. "You know how sometimes you'll meet a celebrity and you'll know they're just passing the time [talking to you]," Smith said. "It did not feel that way at all with Keith. He wanted to spend two minutes min talking to you."

Posted by Scott Wise - WTVR CBS 6 on Monday, October 29, 2018

 

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