'Live like Luke': Plaque memorializes boy killed in accident at Birmingham airport

'Live like Luke': Plaque memorializes boy killed in accident at Birmingham airport

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A memorial plaque for Luke Bresette, the 10-year-old boy killed in an accident at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International airport in 2013, was dedicated at the airport on Wednesday.

Luke was traveling with his family through Birmingham to their home in Overland Park, Kansas when a 300-pound flight display board fell on him and other family members on March 22, 2013. It happened while the airport was being renovated.

Luke Bresette died from his injuries. His mother and two of his brothers were also injured by the falling flight display board.

The plaque in Luke's honor is located at the spot where he was fatally injured, in the upper level of the east ticket lobby.

The Bresette family wrote the inscription on the plaque, which reads:

"In Memory of
Luke Alexander Bresette
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.

-The Bresette Family"

"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 news release.

The Bresettes sued various contractors involved in the airport's renovation, saying the contractors didn't properly install the display signs. They later acknowledged Luke's death was a horrible accident and reached a settlement.

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