(KMOV) – The daugther of a local firefighter who died late last year had been planning for months to see Blake Shelton with her father on Friday. But after his untimely death, McKenna Jansen was considering not going. That is until she got the surprise of a lifetime.
Timothy Jansen, 45, died after being struck by a fire truck while working to control a house fire in Bartelso, Illinois in December. Authorities said Jansen was pulling hoses off a fire truck when he slipped and the truck struck him.
Jansen was rushed to a hospital in Breese he was later pronounced dead.
He and his daughter, McKenna, were both huge Blake Shelton fans and planned on seeing him together when he played at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre on July 26.
The Jansen family had been trying to set up a meeting between McKenna and Blake Shelton, but were having trouble making it happen.
But after a family member contacted News 4 to help, station employees made some calls to try and sort something out.
A few calls later and McKenna (seen at right in the photo above) had a meeting set up with Blake Shelton before his show. Not only that, but she was given two front-row seat tickets, a huge upgrade from the lawn seats her family purchased.
McKenna’s relative, Bob Atwater, said the girl had quite a night to remember.
“Obviously sharing this concert with her father cannot be replaced, but for an evening you made a difference in this Young Lady’s life. Thank You So Much,” he said. “You have no idea what you did Friday meant to this Young Lady.”