A sign encourages water safety in honor of Tyler Spann

LEXINGTON, Tenn. – The Spann family wants to help save as many lives as possible with the help of a special monument honoring their son, Tyler Spann.

“It’s just a way of honoring him and remembering him. He died of a drowning in Florida, so Beech Lake promotes water safety,” said Melissa Gilbert, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce of the Henderson County.

The Henderson County community remembers Tyler Spann, and they hope a new sign, along with a life jacket loaner station, will help raise awareness for water safety.

“We don’t need drownings anymore. We’ve had a few here at Beech Lake. We definitely want to promote the importance of water safety,” Gilbert said.

Tyler Spann’s mother, Angela Spann, says she’s very grateful the sign is being built in her honor.

“It’s a dream come true. I’m so aware of how many people don’t know about the need to wear a life jacket, and I just hope that with our life jacket post, people will ask, ‘ “Who is he? And they’ll say he drowned in a rising tide. Maybe you should put on your life jacket,” Angela Spann said.

She also says she wants her legacy to continue.

“It was so perfect because I want Tyler to keep motivating people to be safe in the water – mostly open water – because of the undercurrents and riptides. So that’s the best place I could think of in our city,” said Angela Spann.

The Spann family also has a foundation to raise awareness about water safety and organ donation.

You can find the Tyler Spann Foundation at Facebook.

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