Mother hopes message saves lives after losing daughter in a fire

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- An Overland Park mom whose daughter died in a house fire two years ago is now spreading a life-saving message of her own. Taylor Jackson would've been a fifth grader at Apache Elementary School, but two years ago the little girl, who had lots of friends and admirers, died suddenly and tragically in a house fire.

“I wouldn't wish this pain on my worst enemy. No parent should have to go through losing their child," Taylor’s mom, Terri Jackson, said.

“I miss her because she was a great friend and when I was sad she would always be there," friend Hailey Nance said.

On October 2, 2011 eight-year-old Taylor was having fun, spending the night at her best friend's house. But then a raging fire broke out and a frightened and confused Taylor tried to escape, but she couldn't get out in time and died.

Terri Jackson affectionately called her daughter "Bug."

"I miss everything. I really do. I hardly ever called her Taylor. She was my bug, my hugabug, my buggy," Jackson said.

Since losing her, Terri has launched the "Taylor Your Home 4 Safety" Facebook page. It's a campaign with two life-saving messages:  to remind people to check their smoke detectors on a regular basis and to push more parents to have a fire evacuation plan for their family.

Terri's convinced the word is spreading because so far, the Facebook page has more than 1,100 members.

"Please, please, please check your smoke detector. It takes eight seconds a month to push that little red button to save a life," Jackson said.

Purple was Taylor's favorite color, so before they said goodbye, friends, fellow Girl Scout troops and family had to tie purple ribbons to a tree planted in her memory. They also released dozens of purple balloons, all for Taylor.

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