A couple stuck in the midst of the Tennessee Gatlinburg fires earlier this month is hoping to find the four hero firemen who came to their rescue, just to say thanks.
The couple was staying at Buckberry lodge to celebrate their 14th wedding anniversary, when the lodge was suddenly surrounded by the fires which have left 14 dead and massive amounts of destruction in its wake.
Jennifer Dixon recalled her first sighting of the wildfire. Saying, “I (opened) up the curtains to look out and we saw embers just like snowballs.”
“The sky (was) lit up as orange and the tree tops (were) on fire,” her husband Tikki said.
When the couple tried to escape, they found a tree blocking the road needed for them to get out. But minutes after their vehicle got to it, four firemen showed up.
It was like, “God had split the Red Sea and through it came a fire truck,” Jennifer Dixon said. Adding that if the men didn’t come and cut the tree, the couple would have died.
After helping the family, the firemen moved further in to help more people, the couple said.
Now both are searching for those men so they can say “thank you” a sentiment they couldn’t express that awful day in early December.
Husband Tiki told WATE Knoxville that, “It really made a difference at least in our lives, having them there. We are forever changed.”
The two young boys that have been linked to the fires and charged with aggravated arson can face up to 60 years each in prison and possibly murder charges.