Chattanooga Heroes Fund honors, supports victims and their families

On July 16, 2015, an unthinkable act of violence and terror hit my hometown, taking the lives of four Marines and one Navy sailor. As our community came together to support the victims and their loved ones, we showed the world Chattanooga’s strong heart.


The makeshift memorial located at the entrance to the Navy Operational Support Center & Marine Corps Reserve Center on Amnicola Highway in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Gone too soon:

  • Sergeant Carson A. Holmquist, Marine, age 25
  • Logistics Specialist Second Class Randall Smith, Navy, age 26
  • Gunnery Sergeant Thomas J. Sullivan, Marine, age 40
  • Lance Corporal Squire K. “Skip” Wells, Marine, age 21
  • Staff Sergeant David A. Wyatt, Marine, age 37


  • Sergeant DeMonte Cheeley, Marine recruiter
  • Police Sergeant Dennis Pedigo, Jr., Chattanooga Police Department

Please consider joining me in donating to support the families of those who lost their lives and those who were wounded in the tragic shootings on July 16th. The Chattanooga Heroes Fund, started with initial support by Peyton Manning and Senator Bob Corker, is made possible through the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga.

“We are proud to establish the Chattanooga Heroes Fund to honor these heroes by helping to provide for the future of their families.” -Peyton Manning

Donations may be made online at 

We are #ChattanoogaStrong.




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