Lexington First Responders Return From Oklahoma
They returned early Thursday morning–a solid five days spent helping other first responders in the tornado-ravaged city rebuild.
Though the group was happy to be back, they said they wish they could’ve done more.
"For the little amount of time we were there, I feel like we accomplished a lot…but there’s so much that we left. There’s, you know, we could’ve done a whole lot more if we’d had a week. Or two weeks. But at some point you have to leave, and you have to go back to doing just regular life and stuff like that, so," explained Lexington police Officer Benjamin Blank.
Volunteers said the first word that came to mind when they got there: overwhelming.
"You see a guy’s car flipped on top of his house, and the house destroyed…I mean, what can you say or do to that guy to make him feel, you know…I don’t know how he’s feeling. I don’t know how I’d react to something like that," said Blank.
The only way the Kentucky men and women could react was to help. They brought several chainsaws, which helped them to cut down trees and clear debris. They also placed tarps on several different rooftops.
After helping a few different officers, including one from Moore and another from Oklahoma City, Blank and the team said they helped one man with his mobile home before returning to Lexington.
The first responders said someone was on their side, as well–they just missed the tornado that hit El Reno.
They said the tarps on the top of their trucks kept flying off, forcing them to stop multiple times and miss the deadly winds.