Robin Ferschke hugs her grandson as she remembers her son, Sgt. Michael Ferschke who was killed in Iraq in 2008.
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A group of people calling themselves, Tennessee's Helping Hearts, says they are trying to get enough money raised to build a memorial at a Sevierville park to honor fallen heroes.
The group hopes to build 7 monuments on a 1.1 acre site at Northview Optimist Park near Kodak. They say the entire park would be a quiet somber place to salute military and police, fire and EMS who've lost their lives in the line of duty.
"The seclusion, the quietness of the park, it's some place where people can come out and reflect and remember," said Don Miller with the group. "Every soldier, every police officer, every firefighter that goes out, does it for you and I and we have to honor them in some way and we have to keep their memory alive in some way."
The future park has a lot of meaning for firefighters in Sevier County as well. This would be the first place in the county to remember those who work to keep us safe at home.
"This is great, and I'm excited about it. A lot of people in this county are excited about having a park like this in their community," said Paul Lambert, the Sevier County Fire Chaplin.
The group says they still need to raise close to $90,000 before they can start building. They say they have gotten permission from the city to build on the site, though the city still must approve designs for the monuments.