Tennessee fire claims lives of Indiana man, child
A tragic cabin fire Saturday morning involving an Indiana family on vacation in Tennessee grew greater Sunday as it claimed a second life.
Ricky Hudson, 56, and Trayveon Temple, 5, died when the three-story cabin they were in with about 20 other people caught fire. Everyone managed to get out of the cabin except for Temple.
Hudson lost his life saving others. He broke out glass, helping get children out but cut himself in the process. A tourniquet was tied around it, but the cut was too deep and he later died.
The fire also took the family's vehicles. Pastor Christopher Armstrong had to go to Tennessee to bring the stranded family back home.
"The ride back was very silent; sober, but soothing," said Pastor Armstrong with Mt. Vernon Community Missionary Baptist Church. "The conversation was the tenacity, the care that Ricky had for everyone.
Members of the church Sunday remembered Hudson as a family man.
"It's going to be a loss in my heart that he's not going to be there," said Katie Downs who knew him for 30 years. "He would light up the church. It's a spot that will be a void and we will always know that's where he used to sit."
A part of him will live on, though. His wife donated his organs, helping to save even more lives.
Our NBC station in Knoxville, Tenn., WBIR, contributed to portions of this report.