“It’s indescribable, it’s fear,” Tornado victim loses nearly everything

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OKLAHOMA CITY --Gene Bersey has spent his whole life helping storm victims.

Now, after the May 6th tornado, he's a victim himself, and says he has nothing left.

Gene is a former resident of the Best Value Inn that was hit by the tornado.

He says it's going to be demolished with all of his valuables inside.

Gene's lucky to be alive.

He survived by hiding inside the bathroom.

"It's indescribable, it's fear," Gene said.

He says he could have never prepared himself for what he saw when he walked out of the bathroom.

"It was like it was raining inside," Gene said.

The city condemned the hotel  along with his room; that means he can't get back inside to retrieve any of his work equipment or personal belongings.

But our cameras were rolling when he spotted something in the doorway he thought was gone forever: a picture of his late mother.

"Man, that means everything to me. Like I said, that's something that can't be replaced," Gene said.

Gene's one tough cookie.

Less than 24 hours after he nearly died,  he was back at work as a tree trimmer,  helping tornado victims in Bridge Creek.

He's usually the one responding to natural disasters.

Now, he's the one in need.

"It's a lot different than going there and seeing the devastation, and actually being in one," Gene said.

One of Gene's friends has set up a donation account for him.

If you'd like to help you can email us at 4@kfor.com.

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