EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) — It was a packed house Friday at the Firestreet Grille in East Liverpool.
The community showed up in record numbers for a benefit dinner for the children of Jamie and Meghann Nign. The couple, and an 11-year old girl, who was a passenger in their vehicle, were killed in a head-on crash on State Route 518 in Wayne Township on Sunday.
Five of the couple’s children also were injured in the crash.
Both Jamie and Meghann were volunteer firefighters for the Calcutta Fire Department.
Scott Cox, a fellow firefighter and owner of the Firestreet Grille, put the event together to help the children the couple has left behind.
“They’re going to need it. And we needed something pretty quick and this is what we came up with, real fast,” Cox said.
Nearly 1,000 people came out for the event. They were mostly friends, but some were even strangers.
Bill Miller is a friend of Meghann’s father. He said he is devastated. The family went through a very similar tragedy not too long ago.
“Two years ago, Danny lost a younger daughter to the same exact kind of an accident. Car left of center hit them head on,” Miller said.
Even with the tragedy, everyone in attendance appeared to be in a good mood and happy to be able to support the family.
“We’ve got volunteer workers in the kitchen. We’ve got volunteer firefighter people. We’ve got people from Murry Trucking down here volunteering to work,” Miller said.
“We were a really close family. And that’s why we’re all pulling together now to show our support for their family,” said co-worker Ray Baker.
The event also included a 50-50 raffle and a basket auction. The proceeds will go the couple’s eight children.