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Fallen Blue Angels Pilot Capt. Jeff Kuss will be permanently honored in Smyrna

The town of Smyrna is announcing plans to permanently honor fallen Blue Angels Pilot Capt. Jeff Kuss.

Kuss was killed in June 2016 when the Blue Angels F/A-18 fighter jet he was piloting crashed during a training exercise for the Great Tennessee Air Show.

Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed, Town Manager Harry Gill and the Town Council are slated to make the announcement to permanently honor Kuss at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Smyrna Event Center.

The night of the crash, hundreds gathered for a makeshift vigil to honor Kuss. One young girl in particular shared her fond memories of Kuss with Fox 17 News.

Kuss served as an opposing solo pilot. It was his second year on the team and his first year as a demonstration pilot.

Blue Angels said he embodied and inspired the team with an “incredible spirit of compassion, courage and resiliency.”

Kuss left behind a wife and two young children.