Rogersville firefighters on front lines in Sevier County recognized by BMA

ROGERSVILLE, TN (WJHL)- City leaders in East Tennessee are recognizing the men and women who helped battle the fires in Sevier County.

The Johnson City Fire Department was recognized after a photo showing crews sleeping on the sidewalk went viral.

Tuesday night the Rogersville Board of Mayor and Alderman recognized and thanked their firefighters for hard work on the front lines.

Courtesy: Rogersville Fire Dept.
Courtesy: Rogersville Fire Dept.

The 12 firefighters in Rogersville who traveled to Gatlinburg to help fight the wildfires received a standing ovation at the BMA meeting Tuesday night.

Several firefighters with the department shared some of the photos they captured during the height of the disaster, telling us it was unlike anything they had ever experienced.

“When we was spraying water, the wind was blowing so strong that it was blowing the stream of water away from the fire at times,” Chris Pinkston said.

“It looked like the world was on fire, burning on both sides of the road, everything you could see,” Mike Thacker said.

During the meeting the Mayor of Rogersville thanked the firefighters and said they made their town proud by answering the call to help those in need in Sevier County.

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