Crews endanger own lives to save tiniest victims
MOORE, Okla. – In times of crisis, you won’t find many people more extraordinary than Shannon Workman.
Monday night, she became the “Paul Revere” of natural disasters.
Workman said, “We’re going to get hit, it was right there.”
Shannon had come to “A Step Above Learning Center” to retrieve her 3-year-old son.
She said, “They were being kind and reassuring the kids, singing to them and I told them we’re going to get hit.”
Owners, Abby Larson and Heather Walker put a newborn in a car seat and shielded a dozen more babies with their bodies.
According to Workman, “The lights went out, power was off; it was totally black. Suddenly we had light because the building was gone, just gone. Nothing.”
EMSA medics Lisa Lester and Adam Jacob were the first to arrive.
Lester said, “They all had head injuries, covered from head to toe in mud. All you could see was the whites of their eyes.”
With no radio or phone communication the medics had to bend the rules and load everyone into the back of Unit 363.
They were determined to get them help despite a never-ending mountain of obstacles.
Jacobs said, “Broken poles, roof tops, anything and everything. I’ve never seen this stuff in the road before but I was going through it.”
It was staff, parent and paramedics, working in tandem to help save the twister’s tiniest victims.
All the babies have been treated, released and are back with family.
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