Pierce Corcoran was killed in a traffic accident in Knoxville, TN by an illegal that was driving illegally. Follow on twitter, here
Open Letter from D.J. Corcoran, Pierce’s Dad
“It is with the deepest sense of pride that I write this letter. My name is D.J. Corcoran, I am a captain with the Knoxville Fire Department. My 22 year old son Pierce was killed in a traffic accident December 29, 2018 when a man crossed the center line hitting my son head-on in Knoxville. A second job required me to be in Memphis on that fatal day, with no formal means of transportation. Firefighters across the state quickly learned of my dilemma from our department’s chief, Stan Sharp and Local 65 president, Kevin Faddis. Within minutes, Memphis firefighter Matthew Tomek arrived at my hotel to retrieve me and begin the treck across the state. As we neared the halfway point between Memphis and Nashville, another group of firefighters from Nashville, Mark Young & F.F. Addis intercepted our vehicle and took me further east until we met my immediate KFD family, A.C. Brent Seymour & A.C. Steve Mitchell whom took me to my home. The kindness my fellow firefighters from across this beautiful state showed me and my family at such a difficult time in our lives was incredible! The quick thinking coordination to accomplish this task is a true testament to firefighters willingness and compassion not only during emergencies responses but taking care of our own. I am proud to be a part of such a loving organization of men and women that show this type of love to someone they’ve never met. The only words I have are THANK YOU! Memphis F.D., Nashville F.D. and Knoxville F.D. I love you brothers!”
Letter from Wendy Corcoran, Pierce’s Mom. Originally posted here.
A Mother’s Message:
Pierce Corcoran was only 22 years old when he was killed by an illegal immigrant in a car crash on December 29th, 2018.
Pierce Corcoran, born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. A responsible, hardworking and loving son, brother and grandson. Pierce’s life is to be remembered and celebrated for his relationship with his Heavenly Father, his love for others, and his determination to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Was he perfect? No, but he was taught to care about others and his impact on them. He was taught and practiced personal responsibility throughout his life. He was compassionate towards others, others whom might look differently than he or whom might speak differently than he.
As we mourn our precious son and try to honor his memory, we are also faced with the fact that there is much discussion surrounding his tragic death.
For us, there are two issues: safety and responsibility. As it pertains to safety, we are not the first, nor will we be the last to lose a loved one on a road known to many as dangerous. This is something we feel must be addressed. As it pertains to responsibility, we as parents taught all three of our children to be responsible for their actions. We discussed with them their need to maintain their vehicles and always have their license, registration and insurance up to date.
Everyone is well aware that the 44 year old man involved in our 22 year old’s death did not practice this same responsibility and has not done so for 14 years. Yes, it was an accident and yes, it could have been anyone.
It’s not about where this man came from–it’s the fact that he takes no personal responsibility for his actions. Not only in the financial sense, but no responsibility at all. He will most likely face very little jail time when all is said and done. He believes he should remain in our country illegally. Not only that, but we provide his counsel to fight for his rights.
We are all aware, as a family, that nothing will bring Pierce back, but don’t tell me my son, who lived in this country and followed its rules, doesn’t deserve better. For God’s sake, out of respect for the men and women who fought and fight to make this country such a desirable place to live, DO THE RIGHT THING and come here legally and become a responsible citizen.