West Memorial Service Fills Ferrell CenterFeatured Stories, News Thursday, April 25th, 2013
Baylor University officials say the Ferrell Center was at capacity for Thursday’s memorial service for the first responders who died from last week’s explosion in West.
45 minutes before the scheduled start of the service, people were being directed to alternative locations on the Baylor campus.
West042513-1_Siarnicki.mp3Opening remarks by Ronald Jon Siarnicki of the National Fallen Firefighers Association.
West042513-2_Siar_Mitchell_Duncan.mp3Remarks from Chief U.S. Fire Administrator Ernie Mitchell and the President of the Texas Corps of Fire Chaplains, Jimmie Duncan.
West042513-3_Gardner.mp3Remarks from Bill Gardner, 1st Vice President of the State Firemen of Texas.
West042513-4_Perry.mp3Remarks from Governor Rick Perry.
West042513-5_Families-1.mp3Eulogies from families of six of the victims.
West042513-6_starr.mp3Remarks from Baylor University President Ken Starr.
West042513-7_Families-2.mp3Eulogies from families of the remaining victims.
West042513-8_Cornyn.mp3Remarks from U.S. Senator John Cornyn.
West042513-9_Obama1.mp3Remarks from President of the United States Barack Obama.
West042513-9a_bell.mp3The final bell sounds in tribute to the fallen first responders.
From the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, CLICK HERE to read biographies of the 15 who died in the explosion.
WACO, Texas (AP) _ President Barack Obama is consoling families of victims of a fertilizer plant explosion and residents of the devastated Texas town where the blast happened last week.
Obama is attending a memorial service at Baylor University in Waco for victims of the explosion in nearby West, Texas. Obama traveled to the service by helicopter after attending the dedication of former President George W. Bush’s new library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Obama flew over the town to see the destruction.
The April 17 explosion left 14 people dead and hundreds injured. The tragedy was eclipsed by the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and the manhunt that ensued.
For Obama, such services have become a sad and familiar event. He attended a memorial in Boston last week.
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