Blackburn to attend State of the Union with parents of man killed in collision with illegal immigrant


Blackburn to attend State of the Union with parents of man killed in collision with illegal immigrant

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) announced Thursday that she will be bringing DJ Corcoran, Knoxville Fire Captain, as her guest to the State of the Union speech on Tuesday.

Captain Corcoran’s son, Pierce, 22, was tragically killed in a Dec. 29 car accident when an illegal immigrant collided with his car on a South Knoxville highway. Congressman Tim Burchett (R-Tenn., 2nd District) will bring Wendy Corcoran, Pierce’s mother, as his guest.

“The tragedy the Corcoran family has endured is one no family should ever have to experience,” said Senator Blackburn. “The attendance of Pierce’s parents at the State of the Union serves as a reminder that we as a Congress have a duty to keep the American people safe. It is an honor to attend with Captain Corcoran.”

“My wife gladly gave up her spot for the Corcorans, and I’m honored to have them in attendance at the State of the Union,” said Congressman Burchett. “I have been friends with their family for years, and I can’t imagine how difficult it was losing Pierce. Congress has to get to work on stronger laws and increased border security so tragedies like this might be prevented in the future.”

Senator Blackburn met with the Corcoran family in Washington earlier this month.

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