“The fires in East Tennessee have taken a heavy toll on many Tennesseans. The Summers Family of Memphis is no exception. Our hearts go out to them. Our prayers are for them and all of the families affected by this great tragedy.

It’s a tragedy which transcends the Grand Divisions. A loss for one is a loss for all.

We give thanks for Vanderbilt University Medical Center for their care of the surviving Summers family; for the women and men who are our first responders; for TEMA and the numerous departments of the State of Tennessee responding to the tragedy; for law enforcement, volunteers, public servants and all Good Samaritans who have helped in Tennesseans’ time of need.

And we should all give thanks to God for giving light despite the darkness.”



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