Burk Honors Fallen Hero with Marker

Published 09/27 2013 04:59PM

Updated 09/27 2013 05:16PM

Almost 100 years after his death, one Texoma town is honoring the life and sacrifice of a local hero.

Friday morning the city of Burkburnett unveiled a Texas Historical Commission marker remembering the day Charley Lee Coe went into a burning home to help save the children trapped inside.

He was able to save a three year old boy, but as he ran back inside to help one child who remained inside, he was killed.

Coe left behind three young daughters of his own.

In 1924,  his family was awarded the last Carnegie Hero Gold Medal.

Coe's great granddaughter was in Burk for the unveiling. She says knowing that her great grandfather will always be remembered means so much to her and her family.

“I think it's very important because of the generations to come so they know who he is and what he did, you know the sacrifice that he made,” says Coe's Great Granddaughter Terri Barner.

Coe's marker now stands at Burkburnett Chamber of Commerce building.

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