Thursday, April 25, 2013

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Attorney General Abbott Honors West Fertilizer Plant Explosion Victims

WACO – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today traveled to Waco, where he attended the memorial service for the victims of last week’s West Fertilizer plant explosion. The devastating blast reportedly killed 10 first responders – many of them volunteer firefighters who came after initial reports of a fire at the plant – and four local residents who were assisting firefighters when the plant exploded. The explosion injured more than 200 area residents and destroyed countless residences.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and the entire community of West in the wake of this devastating tragedy,” Attorney General Abbott said. “As a state, we honor the selfless first responders who gave their lives fighting a fire that would truly devastate a tight-knit community in the Texas heartland. Though many difficult days lay ahead, West will rebuild and recover from this terrible tragedy – and when it does, the community will emerge stronger than ever.”

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Attorney General Abbott's recent tour of West

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Thursday’s memorial service reflected a tribute of tradition and prayer that honored the first responders who courageously rushed toward the danger of the plant fire and those who were trying to help them when the blast occurred.