Family remembers Hopkins Co. teenager on first official ‘Live Like Logan’ day

Family remembers Hopkins Co. teenager on first official ‘Live Like Logan’ day
Family remembers Hopkins Co. teenager on first official ‘Live Like Logan’ day

HOPKINS CO., Ky. (WFIE) – Thursday marked “Live Like Logan Day” in Hopkins County, Kentucky.

For the family of Logan McKnight of Dawson Springs, this marks a date just as significant as the approaching anniversary of the deadly Dec. 10 tornado.

Over the past 11 months, the sad rumble of chainsaws has given way to the hammering of hope.

This is the difference between tearing down and rebuilding.

On December 10, as the deadly tornado swept through Dawson Springs, the McKnight family took refuge in the basement.

His wife and mother, Ashley McKnight, remembers diving under their pool table.

“Every house around us was destroyed,” Ashley recalls. “The house opposite was totally broken down, the house next to us was totally broken down. We were the only house that had four walls and a roof.

Six of the 19 people killed at Hopkins Co. died in the immediate vicinity of the McKnights’ home.

While the McKnight house stood, it was unlivable. The family should move. They had every reason to stay out and start over somewhere else.

But they had a reason to rebuild that ultimately proved impossible to resist, the fond memories of 18-year-old Logan McKnight were still very fresh in this place.

“Logan, he had his accident on November 23 and died on the 24th,” Ashley said.

16 days before the tornado, Logan died as a passenger traveling with two friends to watch a basketball game in a nearby town.

“It was an accident. I mean they went through that really tight corner, the signage isn’t the best there,” Ashley said. “They didn’t know him and he just missed the stop sign, drove through the intersection and a car was coming.”

This boy was “the man” from Dawson Springs High School. A star athlete in several sports and class president, Logan addressed his classmates at the start, paying tribute to his superhero family, especially his mother.

During his graduation, Logan said:

“There is one person in this world who is as close to being a superhero as there will ever be and that is my mother. I love you. Thanks for pushing me. Thank you for the care. Whenever I needed a shoulder to lay my head on, you were always there. I love you for that.”

“If only he knew,” Ashley said. “He was my superman. This kid, he had a heart of gold.

Logan’s random acts of kindness to his friends and family were legendary in Dawson Springs.

A week before the accident, Logan came home from Western Kentucky University and took his younger sister Kara McKnight to a school dance. The memory is kept on a blanket in what used to be Logan’s bedroom, but is now his.

“It’s very special to know that I have her necklace,” Kara said. “I have his hat. I have everything from him. I have his room.

16 days after Logan’s death, the tornado threatened to inflict double disaster on the McKnight family.

While they survived the initial impact, Ashley’s husband, Jason, and eldest son, Jett, both police officers, rushed into the darkness to rescue their neighbours.

“You just lost someone and you look at two other people that you love very much and they come up against this,” Ashley said.

You could say they “lived like Logan.” Or Logan lived like them. Being there for others is a family affair.

This is why the school created the “Live Like Logan” bracelet.

“And the ‘Live Like Logan’, it just started, and every once in a while people would say, ‘I’m having a ‘Live Like Logan’ moment” or ‘I’m doing a good deed for somebody’. ”

And that’s why Governor Andy Beshear declared November 24 “Live Like Logan Day.”

McKnight’s next “Live Like Logan” project involves making the intersection where Logan had the accident safer, so other families don’t have to go through what they went through.

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