Brookport, IL remembers the three lives lost in 2013 tornado

Brookport, IL memorial remembers 3 killed in 2013 tornado

BROOKPORT, IL (KFVS) - It’s been five years since a tragic day in southern Illinois.

Saturday, Nov. 17 marks the fifth anniversary of the Brookport tornado.

The EF-3 struck on November 17, 2013 taking the lives of three people.

Charles George was one of the family members that rang the bell for those who lost their life in the tornado. He said there is a lot about his wife Kathy George that he misses still 5 years later.

“Her voice, I remember her smile," said George. "Just remember her being here. 5 years. Doesn’t seem like it’s been that long but it’s been 5 years. It still bothers me when I see her picture on the TV and different things like that. We were married for over 30 something years.”

He said it’s been tough without her these past five years.

“I miss her very much. I just miss her. That’s all I can say about that. I just miss her very, very much.”

Kathy Tucker, a Brookport City Alderman has helped out with planning and events for those affected in the past, including the one year mark after the tornado hit where they came and rang the bell then. She said the city has made progress over the years as far as property recovery but said the memories of those lost will never fade.

“To see how far we’ve come along and how far we’ve been, to get through the recovering," said Tucker. "But of course you never get over the deaths in those families.”

After the families rang the bell five times each, other community members honored the family members as well by ringing the bell once each.

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Posted by KFVS-TV on Saturday, November 17, 2018

The community came together to remember those victims.

Their loved ones took turns ringing a bell five times for each year they’ve been gone.

The ceremony was held at Brookport City Hall at 1 p.m.

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