Proclamation Presentation for Frances Housley Bridge Today

Communications Director

Kristin Farley
(865) 215-2589

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Proclamation Presentation for Frances Housley Bridge Today

Posted: 07/13/2017
Frankie Housley - Central Yearbook 1944On Thursday, July 13 at 2801 Holbrook Dr., 4th District City Councilman Nick Della Volpe will present John Housley III a proclamation honoring Frances "Frankie" Housley.

City Council recently voted to rename the Holbrook Drive Bridge after Frances “Frankie” Housley, a Fountain City native who courageously died in her occupation as flight attendant for National Airlines. After saving 10 passengers from a burning plane that had crash landed on the Philadelphia runway in 1951, she was killed while attempting to save a baby. Rescuers later discovered Housley’s body clutching the baby.

Housley was heralded as a heroine, later described in a Reader’s Digest story as “the Bravest Woman in America” and posthumously awarded a bronze medal for heroic acts by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.

Councilman Nick Della Volpe will present John Housley III, the late Frances Housley’s nephew and closest living relative, with a proclamation memorializing the Frances Housley Bridge. Mr. Housley and his family are visiting from Florida to visit the newly named bridge.

Central High School teacher Chris Hammond, who filed the application to have the Holbrook Drive bridge named after Frankie Housley, will also be present.

Learn more about Frankie Housley:

City Council Resolution to Name Bridge
Little-known Knoxville Hero Gets Bridge Named in Her Honor
Photo Gallery by Central High School Teacher Chris Hammond
Frankie Housley Wikipedia Page
Fountain Citians Who Made a Difference
1951 New Heroic Comic Book Features Mary Frances Housley's Story
1966 Readers Digest Story "A Girl Named Frankie"