Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas

Remembering the Fallen of West

Photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT

A helmet is carried in remembrance of a firefighter from the Abbott Volunteer Fire Department killed in a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas last week.

Firefighters, public officials and thousands of Texans gathered in Waco Yesterday at Baylor University for a memorial service to remember twelve firefighters and first responders that died in the line of duty while responding to a fire at a fertilizer plant in the small town of West last week. While fighting the fire, the plant exploded, killing 15 and destroying nearly 150 homes.

You can listen to the radio story above, and see images from the memorial service in the slideshow below by KUT photographer Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon:

Read more: After West Fertilizer Explosion, Concerns Over Safety, Regulation and Zoning


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