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Community to gather and remember one of their own

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Jeremy Tighe's mother has been on a mission to improve the roadway where her son died.

Jeremy Tighe died one year ago Friday in an accident on St. Joe while he was a passenger in a fire truck. 

On Tuesday, his mother vows to help make road where he died safer.

"I didn't sleep at all last night. I was here at 4:00 in the morning," Jeremy's mother, Jerri Johnson said.

Jerri Johnson spends a lot of time there. She says it's one way she stays close to her son, the firefighter, she lost nearly one year ago.

"I wear his ashes around my neck to keep him with me," Johnson said.

Now, as the one year anniversary of her son's death approaches, Johnson is making it her mission that no other lives will be lost there.

"My goal is to get a guardrail here for the safety of entire Vanderburgh County," Johnson told 14 News.

The fire truck Jeremy was a passenger in went off the road and into the ditch. Johnson says she's now reaching out to county commissioners, asking that something, anything, be done to make the road safer.

"I have been trying. I don't get much. I get a lot of resistance," Johnson said. 

But she says she's not giving up because she sees on a daily basis just how closes vehicles come to the edge of the road.

"I'm open to anything. Give me a guardrail. Give me a little bit of dirt to fill in the road. I'll get out here with a shovel and fill it in myself. Give me anything. Just tell me that you're working on it," Johnson said to 14 News.

Even more attention will sure be brought to this spot this Thursday night, as Johnson and others remember Jeremy by placing at least 200 flags along this stretch of St. Joe before coming together in prayer.

A remembrance dinner is planned for Jeremy this Friday night at Christian Fellowship Church in Evansville. The dinner started at 6:00 p.m. The community is invited to attend.

Tickets for the dinner can be purchased at the door, at MCFD Station 10 on St. Joe between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tickets are $7 per adult, $5 per child age 2-12, and $20 for a family of four. Children under two are free.

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