NASHVILLE - Prior to kickoff of Sunday's playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens, the Tennessee Titans will honor the six first responders who safely evacuated residents before the Dec. 25 explosion in downtown Nashville as the game's honorary 12th Titans.
"While we can never thank these officers enough for their heroic acts, it is an absolute privilege to have the opportunity to honor them at the game on Sunday," said Titans president and CEO Burke Nihill. "We are grateful for their service to our community and appreciate that we'll have them on site to support the team."
The six men and women – Officers Brenna Hosey, Tyler Luellen, Michael Sipos, Amanda Topping, James Wells and Sergeant Timothy Miller - will attend the game and plunge the Titans Sword of Honor to mark the countdown to kickoff.
"To be able to stand at the stadium with [my fellow officers] and receive this honor together is amazing," said Officer Wells. "[Our response on Christmas Day] was a total team effort. It was not what one individual did or said, it was about all of us coming together to protect our community, and keep our community safe and keep each other safe."
Titans players will continue to wear the "615 Strong" helmet decal in this weekend's game, honoring Nashville's resilience and the six officers. The "6" is highlighted in Titans light blue in their honor.