Bart Frederick of Danville, Ky., is one of the 49 people who died on Flight 5191.
In this City of Firsts, the quintessential small town of America where patriotism is strong and churches are many, there’s a great feeling of loss as people remember Frederick, a man on his way to Atlanta to being a new chapter in his career of pharmaceutical sales.
“He’d expected basically a promotion in his job, he done extremely well in the pharmaceutical industry,” Rich Hempel said. “It just seemed like he found his niche.”
The move to Atlanta was seen as a new beginning for Frederick. While the book is now closed on his life, his family has friends like Hempel and their church for guidance through a very trying time.
“His wife has just impressed me immensely, Hempel said. “She has been able to look at this introspectively to use her Christian faith to help provide strength for her at this time.”
Hempel expects people in this town to honor Frederick in some way and if there’s any good to come out of the tragedy, he says it will be bring their family, their church and this community closer together.
“He loved his family. He loved his church. He was a very honest person. He’s gonna be sorely missed,” Hempel said.
Frederick’s wife and three children were preparing for a move to Georgia. Now this community may be preparing for a tribute of some kind.
Frederick and his family attended Grace Presbyterian Church in Danville. Its minister has traveled with Frederick’s wife and family for each NTSB hearing.
A private memorial is planned Thurs. Aug. 31, 2006, for the all of the victims’ families at the Blue Grass Airport crash site.