Four members of rescue squad were thrown around by tornado

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

The four Floyd County Rescue Squad members who were thrown around in the Magoffin County tornado are recovering.

Tom Hereford has broken ribs and severe bruises, but he is thankful.

“I was just hoping to stay alive. Kinda say you're life flashed in front of your face,” Hereford said.

He and three others were on the way to West Liberty to rescue people. They made it to Route 7 in Salyersville.

“We saw the tornado coming at us,” Hereford said.

They turned around but only made it to the red light.

“The tornado actually struck the truck and knocked the red lights down on us and actually picked the truck up and knocked us about 200 yards. Then the top part of a telephone pole came down through the windshield,” Hereford said.

“It's amazing my responders are even alive,” Captain Tim Cooley said.

The telephone pole may be the lifesaver.

“May have saved their lives by holding them down. Pictures taken that night, you gotta remember there was no power after that went through, that makes us feel like they were being protected,” Captain Cooley said.

Though Hereford is injured, he has no regrets, “I'd still do the same thing.”

The Floyd County Rescue Squad runs on donations and members are not sure yet if they can replace the truck.

The other rescue squad members injured were James Allen, Shirley Morrison, and Deb Collier.

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