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Reaching Out

Plight of tornado victims felt here

May 22, 2013
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

The scenes of Moore, Okla., residents combing through the debris left of what had been their lives before Monday's catastrophic tornado hit was heartbreaking to watch. As is normal in disasters, the brave first-responders - police, firefighters and emergency medical workers - could be seen rushing into the affected area to do what they are trained to do in the immediate aftermath of a disaster - save lives. However, it is later, when residents are shown hunting through the rubble of their destroyed homes, looking for simple things like photo albums, or calling the name of a beloved pet not seen since the evening before that the sadness and empathy really kicks in for most people.



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