Memorial announced for victims of Tenn. wildfires

Officials announced a permanent memorial for the people who died and a tribute for the first responders


Associated Press

GATLINBURG, Tenn. — A year after deadly wildfires broke out in Tennessee, members of the community have come together to remember the 14 people whose lives were lost.

Nicole Ogle, chairwoman of a memorial committee, announced a permanent memorial for the people who died and a tribute for the first responders.

Ogle told a crowd gathered Tuesday evening the memorial will include a walking bridge with a reflective path and will be dedicated on wooded acreage in north Gatlinburg. The program Tuesday was shown on WBIR-TV's Facebook page.

The fire last year contributed to up to $2 billion of damage around the Gatlinburg tourism region.

 
Wildfire Memorial Ceremony

WATCH LIVE: On the first anniversary of the fire, the city of Gatlinburg and Sevier County are holding a memorial ceremony to honor those who died, recognize the first responders who rushed in to help, and give thanks for the community's recovery. http://on.wbir.com/2BvZB0c

Posted by WBIR Channel 10 on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

 

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