Rocketown hosts benefit show for Nashville brothers hurt in Gatlinburg wildfire

L to R: Wesley, Jon, Branson, Janet, and Jared. (Courtesy: Lisa Pirie)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Eight bands performed at a benefit show Saturday night at Rocketown in support of three brothers who were not only injured, but lost their parents in the recent Sevier County wildfire.

Branson, Wesley and Jared Summers were visiting Gaitlinburg with their parents when the devastating fires broke out in late November.

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Photo: WKRN

The family got inside Branson’s car as they tried to evacuate, but became trapped when a tree fell in the road, blocking their path. The family members were able to get out of the car, but were ultimately separated.

The brothers said they ran through walls of fire to get to safety. Their parents were both killed in the devastating blaze.

The three boys, who all live in Nashville, underwent treatment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. They’ve since been treated and released.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

“Stay strong man – there’s not a lot you can say to somebody that’s been through something like that. But just keep your head up and keep moving forward and there’s a whole community that’s got your back,” event organizer Daniel Waggoner said.

Saturday night’s show helped raise more than $1,000 for the brothers’ medical bills and other expenses. Many of the bands who took the stage Saturday night are also donating the money made from merchandise sales.

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