Sen. Mitch McConnell visits tornado victims in Laurel Co.

More than a month since deadly tornadoes ripped across Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell visited Laurel County for a tornado relief reception.

McConnell greeted tornado victims Saturday afternoon as he stopped by the East Bernstadt Fire Department.

More than two dozen firefighters, state police troopers, volunteers, tornado victims and local community members were on hand for the visit.

Senator McConnell presented the fire station with a flag that had flown over the Capitol, saying it represents a sign of strength and courage.

The fire department also presented the senator with a gift -- a firefighter helmet as a way to symbolize all the rubble the community has overcome.

"I wanted to come by and thank all the volunteers that have been helping this community come together and comfort those that lost their homes," said McConnell.

Community members who talked with WKYT said they were grateful for the visit.

"It's comforting to know not only for myself but also the other victims in the area that there is somebody that has their best interest at heart," said Jeremy Jarvis of Arthur Ridge Baptist Church.

A few relief groups were also at the event, handing out donations to tornado victims.

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