SMYRNA, Tenn (WKRN) – When a group of Blue Angels pilots stopped at a local burger joint on Thursday, June 2, they made a promise to bring the restaurant’s owner back some autographed pictures.
A few hours later, after the tragic crash of Capt. Jeff Kuss’ F/A-18 Hornet in Smyrna, Fat Mo’s owner Shiva Karimy wouldn’t have blamed the men if they didn’t keep that promise.
But much to her surprise, two of the men showed up the very next day with a handful of autographed pictures and Blue Angels souvenirs.
“I was very humbled and honored to meet these guys,” said Karimy. “Because despite the loss of their friend, they didn’t forget their promise.”
Karimy plans to frame and hang the photos in the restaurant to show off her favorite customers for all the world to see.
“For me, all of them are heroes,” Karimy said. “Especially Mr. Jeff Kuss.”
The town of Smyrna is forming a committee to determine the best way to honor Capt. Kuss.
Some have suggested a memorial at the crash site. Others have recommended naming a local road after him.
An account has been created at FirstBank of Smyrna for contributions to the memorial. Local businesses have reached out to the city wanting to make donations toward the cause.
Those interested in making a donation for a memorial can stop by FirstBank at 417 South Lowery Street in Smyrna or call 615-267-1111.
The account is called “The Jeff Kuss Memorial Fund.”