Bush Brothers helps employee, home explosion victims

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – Sue and Stephen Krzeski were released from the University of Tennessee Medical Center on Monday evening and found themselves in a temporary home provided for them by Knoxville-based Bush Brothers and Company.

Steve Krzeski is Bush’s senior vice president of supply chain.

Volunteer TV News talked to the daughter of Jim Ethier, the company’s current chairman and CEO on Monday night. Kara Ethier serves as Bush’s government and community affairs representative. She told us the community has been very supportive since the house explosion.

"We were obviously devastated by this horrific, terrible, unimaginable tragedy," said Ethier.

The explosion hospitalized the Krzeski’s and took the life of their son Nick, 18 who was sleeping in Grey Pointe home’s basement at the time of the blast.

Work at Bush's West Knoxville headquarters has continued, but not as usual.

"It's been quiet,” said Ethier, “it's been hold a hand, give a hug.”

After the explosion, Bush Brothers wanted to do something to help the Krzeski family, so the bean company began catering to their immediate needs.

"A shelter has been provided,” Ethier said. “We fully furnished and provisioned the home for their arrival."

The company spokeswoman also explained how incredible it has been to see the show of support from East Tennesseans.

"From local businesses, to neighbors, to family, friends and employees,” she said about the extent of the outpouring. “The Krzeski's have been very appreciative for the community support and outreach they've received so far."

Anyone wanting to send a sympathy card to the Krzeski family, can do so by mailing the card to the following address:

Steve and Sue Krzeski
c/o Bush Brothers & Co.
1016 E. Weisgarber Road
Knoxville, TN 37909

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