The Moore American

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September 4, 2013

First responders recognized during national prayer tour

MOORE — Several Moore firefighters gathered Saturday where Plaza Towers Elementary School used to stand during a National Day of Prayer tour.

Ed Moore, area pastor and founder of Oklahoma’s “Prayer Force One” tour bus, led a prayer over a group of Moore firefighters at the Plaza Towers site. One of those firefighters was his son, Corley Moore, who was one of the first to respond to the elementary school just minutes after the tornado hit.

“Son, it’s an honor to be your father. I’m very proud of you,” Ed Moore said to his son.

Moore said he was also very proud of the city of Moore and each of the firefighters.

“To you, you just did your duty. You weren’t looking for anything, no pats on your back, but we feel obliged to say thank you,” he said.

Dion Elmore, director of public relations for the National Day of Prayer task force, said many times firefighters are unsung heroes.

“You’re doing what you have to do every day, but when the sirens go off and when the alarm sounds, you jump into action and you’re the first ones on the scene,” Elmore said.

He also said those serving on the police force deserved recognition for all they have done and are still doing.

“We appreciate what you do. As citizens of this nation you have to understand those television cameras are on no matter where we live. We see what’s going on and I’m sure I watched video footage of some of you as these things were happening,” Elmore said.

Kathy Branzell, National Day of Prayer staff member, also had a message for the firefighters as she stood in front of them with Kaylee Sanchez, a little girl who survived the tornado’s direct hit to Plaza Towers.

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