Kentucky Men Get National Award After Tornadoes

Reported by: Amanda Stevenson
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Updated: 2/05/2013 6:22 pm
Two Magoffin County officials received national awards for their heroic efforts in Salyersville during the March 2nd tornadoes Tuesday.

Magoffin County Judge-Executive Charles "Doc" Hardin and Emergency Management Director Mike Wilson were given the 'StormReady Community Hero Award' by the National Weather Service.

Officials said it's because of the two men that more than 50 lives were saved that March day. No one in Salyersville died in the tornado, and only 30 people were injured.

Before the tornado--an EF-3 with winds of up to 160 mph and a path nearly three-quarters of a mile wide--hit, Wilson was on the phone with Hardin, telling him where it was going.

"I was probably about five miles out of town and I told him, 'We got one coming to us. Should be here in about fifteen minutes.'," said Wilson.

Hardin then made the decision to take matters into his own hands--he drove up and down Highway 460, warning people and businesses to take shelter.

"I've never been in anything like that before. I didn't know if they'd take me seriously. But they listened, and lives were saved. I feel like we're blessed," said Hardin.

Both Hardin and Wilson said the actions they took that day were what they're supposed to do--that they were only doing their jobs.
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