Families Remember McNairy County Fire Victims

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The parents of the McNairy County girl who lost her life in a tragic fire Saturday said the man who attempted to save her is a hero. “Steve is an absolute hero. For someone to go back into a house that’s on fire….for someone that’s not even their own child…not once but twice,” said Chandra Henderson, mother of Cheyenne Henderson, 11, who was killed. Authorities said Steve Kennedy, 30, was killed in the rescue attempt. Investigators said Kennedy got his family our safely when he realized the girl, a friend of his daughter’s who had stayed the night with the family, was not out of the burning house. “I don’t know anyone that would have stayed in a house to get somebody,” said Misty Kennedy, widow of Steve Kennedy. She said the loss is too much to bear. “He took care of us. He’s what held our family together,” she adds. Henderson said her daughter loved animals and critters of all kinds and was a free-spirited little girl who greatly impacted the lives of others. She said Cheyenne had an ‘old soul.’ “If someone had a bad day all it took was for her to come up and say hi to you,” she adds. Henderson said the sacrifice Steve Kennedy made was not in vain. “She’s able to spread her wings out wider and watch over even more people,” she adds. Authorities said the Kennedy’s home was a total loss. The Kennedys said they had no homeowner’s insurance. A fund has been established at the following banks to assist the Kennedy family: Regions Bank (under Misty Kennedy) and Peoples Bank in Henderson (under Benefit for Steve Kennedy).

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