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Overland Park boy Luke Bresette memorialized by plaque at Alabama airport

A plaque honoring Overland Park boy Luke Bresette was unveiled last week at the Birmingham airport where he died in a 2013 accident involving a falling display sign. Bresette’s family wrote the inscription on the plaque.
A plaque honoring Overland Park boy Luke Bresette was unveiled last week at the Birmingham airport where he died in a 2013 accident involving a falling display sign. Bresette’s family wrote the inscription on the plaque.

An Overland Park boy killed by a falling display sign at an Alabama airport in 2013 was memorialized with a plaque last week.

Officials at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport unveiled the plaque on Wednesday in honor of Luke Bresette, who was 10 years old when he died in an accident there.

Luke and his family were traveling through the airport on their way back from a spring break trip to Destin, Fla. when a large sign fell on the group. Other members of the family were also injured.

Family members wrote the inscription on the plaque, which reads: “In life, he taught us to live each day to the fullest with strong faith and forgiveness in our hearts. With his passing, we are reminded to value every single day with our children, and to live like Luke.”

Luke’s father, Ryan Bresette, said the family appreciated the airport’s gesture. “And to have a sign up to remind people that safety is one of the most important parts of a building project,” he said. “We think it’s absolutely beautiful.”

The Birmingham Airport Authority placed the plaque on the upper level in the east ticketing lobby.

“We are appreciative of the Bresette family for collaborating with us on this memorial and allowing us to honor the legacy and memory of their son, Luke,” Al Denson, Birmingham Airport Authority president and CEO, said in a written statement.

After the accident, the airport and companies involved with installing the signs made changes to improve safety.

The Bresette family settled a wrongful-death lawsuit with those responsible and started the Live Like Luke Foundation to help children affected by tragedies or hardships.

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