A Tennessee couple placed a state-wide plea on Monday to track down the four Sevierville firemen that saved them from the Gatlinburg fires tracked them down and got an opportunity to say thank you.
Faithwire previously reported on their harrowing escape, which they described feeling similar to God parting the Red Sea – only this time firetrucks came bursting through to save the day.
On Wednesday the couple rejoiced when they had a face-to-face meeting with the firemen that saved their lives by rescuing them from the horrific wildfires that left 14 dead.
The first moments shared were of the Dixon couple embracing the men in a hug that they had waited weeks to give them.
One of the firefighters, Steve Whaley said to local station WATE 6 that, “One of the guys saw them and we started clearing the tree out.”
Tiki Dixon, the man that was saved from the wildfires, said “In these circumstances, it’s an awesome thing to be able to say thank you and just let them know we appreciate them.”
In response to the couple, the firefighters articulated lots of praise.
“Seeing them face to face and being able to put a face to an incident was very nice. It was very neat to see,” firefighter Tom Lucas said.
After the reunion, the Dixons handed out thank you cards and the firefighters gave the couple a patch that the men place on their uniforms to symbolize the bond between them.
The two young boys that have been linked to the fires have been charged with aggravated arson and can face up to 60 years each in prison and possibly murder charges.