Tornado borne pillow lands safely at XNA

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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Terry Franklin, director of finance and properties at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, recently connected with the Hignight family in Summers after airport employee Bill Schoepf found a pillow bearing a girl's name and birth information on XNA grounds.

Terry Franklin, director of finance and properties at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, recently connected with the Hignight family in Summers after airport employee Bill Schoepf found a pillow bearing a girl's name and birth information on XNA grounds.
Photo by Ryan McGeeney

The little pillow embroidered with the name Kallie Anne Hignight turned up in a field south of Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport’s runway.

Airport employees have recovered scraps of metal and other debris since a Dec. 31 tornado tore through the Washington County community of Cincinnati more than 20 miles away from Highfill. However, the pillow went unnoticed until two weeks ago, when maintenance worker Bill Schoepf spotted it and took the time to pick it up and bring it to the shop.

Other maintenance workers told him to throw it away because it had been laying on the ground and was dirty, but Schoepf took it to the administrative offices instead.

“This little girl’s family would want this ...


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