First-responders to Oklahoma City bombing responsible for raising thousands for memorial

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OKLAHOMA CITY -  It may have been 20 years since the Oklahoma City bombing, but those first responders who came together on April 19, 1995 are still making an impact today.

  A memorial badge was created in their honor to benefit the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation received more than $75,000 Thursday morning after a limited time badge and coin were created.

“We wanted to design a badge that would help all of the first responders get together as they did during the bombing and become one big agency,” Chuck Kunhart, with MTM Recognition, said.

Only those who were a part of the bombing could receive one and had to have special credentials to purchase it.

A portion of the proceeds went back to the nonprofit memorial and museum.

“I don't think any of us had the idea it would result in $75,000. It's a nice gift,” Kari Watkins, executive director at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, said.

MTM Recognition designs law enforcement badges all over the nation and came up with the idea to make these commemorative badges. For first responders -- it's a badge of resilience.

“I think when these terrible things happen, and Oklahoma is no stranger to that in terms of natural disasters we experience, we demonstrate how we can come back together,” Chief Keith Bryant, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department, said.

The badge includes a time stamp of 9:03.

It's a symbol of healing for the community.

"We wanted this badge to represent all of the law enforcement getting together to bring the calm back," Kunhart said.

A tribute to those who risk their lives every day to make the community a safer place, especially on that dark day in Oklahoma's history.

More than 2,000 of those badges were sold.

Many were worn by local law enforcement and first responders in April to commemorate the 20th anniversary.

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