April 25, 2013

No, We Have Not Forgotten The Tragedy In West, Texas

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A memorial service was held today in Waco,Texas honoring the first responders who lost their lives last week in a explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas.

Faces of the Fallen.

WACO (April 25, 2013)—Firefighters sounded a bell 12 times Thursday as the names of the 12 men who died in the massive fertilizer plant explosion in West were read in a traditional salute to the fallen during a memorial service at Baylor’s Ferrell Center attended by thousands.

Tears flowed freely Thursday afternoon as family, friends and colleagues remembered the 12 in video eulogies as men who loved their families, their communities and who were bound together by a dedication to service and a willingness to risk their lives to save others.

The arena was filled to capacity by 1:30 p.m. and those who couldn’t get in were directed to alternative viewing sites at Waco Hall, the Bill Daniel Student Center and the Student Life Center as well as at the Turner Riverfront Athletic Complex.

The service started late because Marine One, carrying Mr. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama from Dallas where they attended the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, circled West several times en route to Waco.[...]

Earlier, a long, solemn procession of firefighters from around Central Texas, the state and the U.S. moved from a staging area a half-mile from the Baylor campus to the arena.

Firefighters from departments that lost members in the explosion carried the helmets of the fallen first responders into the Ferrell Center.

The procession was so long that police scrambled to find space for firefighters to park the trucks.

Brian Crawford, the fire chief in the Dallas suburb of Plano, accompanied 11 other firefighters from his department.

He said he wanted to show "we are all a family."

The service was organized by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Texas Line of Duty Death Task Force to remember the firefighters and first responders who died in the April 17 explosion in West.
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Our thoughts and prayers are still with those who were affected by this terrible tragedy. May their loved ones R.I.P. and may the healing begin.

I don't mean to be nasty, but Obama was late? Is it always about him? Could he not have toured the devastation before hand, like on the ground?

Slaps self.

By Stable Hand at 05:55 PM | Comments |