Dad Puts Up 300,000 Christmas Lights In Touching Tribute To His Daughter
A heartbroken dad, whose toddler daughter died after she was crushed by his truck, has put on a 300,000 Christmas light display to honour her memory.
Brad Henn, 40, has spent more than 200 hours putting up the display, which he has called London's Lights after his little girl.
Tragically, Brad's daughter, London, was just 21 months old when she fell from the front passenger side of his truck, after freeing herself from her child seat in the back and climbing to the front.
She fell out of the door when it was opened and was sadly killed by the truck's rear wheel.
Brad and London had been picking up her brother Tristen, 12, when disaster struck.
An investigation by police found that the incident, which took place in 2012, was a tragic accident.
However, overcome with grief, Brad wanted to do something to mark what would have been his little girl's birthday on 5 December and set about hanging Christmas lights in her favourite colours - pink and blue.
Since then the display has grown, year after year, and now has 300,000 lights and annually attracts 50,000 visitors.
The display helps to raise funds for the hospital which fought to save London's life.
Brad, of La Vergne, Tennessee, said: "She was my youngest. She was full of energy. She was a pure joy and a delight.
"We were inseparable. Life couldn't have been any better.
"I knew I had to do something to honor London's life.
"She was such a pure joy and she knew no strangers.
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"I decided to decorate the house in her honour, and it has just grown and grown."
Opening up about the tragedy, Brad said: "She had gotten to the age when she was able to push the button on her harness and she managed to wiggle free of her restraint.
"She climbed into the passenger seat just as I pulled over and the boys were approaching the car.
"I could see it happening in that split second before it did. They opened the door and I reached for her shirt, but she fell forward.
"I tried to break the truck, but it jerked forward. It happened in the flip of a switch.
"I ran to pick up her lifeless body, and I walked home, my tears mixed with her blood. I knew she was dead."
Despite the best efforts of passers-by, one of whom performed CPR, London passed away.
The idea for display came to Brad just months after London's death and has grown from there.
This year, Brad spent over 200 hours over 53 days putting up the display, beginning on 1 October to be ready for Thanksgiving.
The display also benefits Vanderbilt Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital, where London was taken following the accident.
Visitors who come to see the lights give money or donate toys which are given to charities to help sick children and people in need over the festive period. Over the years, around 4,300 gifts have been donated as part of the toy drive.
Brad added: "Helping other kids and people has helped me heal.
"London's Lights has helped me rise above the emotion.
"I could sit and wallow at Christmas but instead I'm doing something in London's memory that makes people really happy."
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