4 More First Responders Killed in Texas Blast ID'd

By: AP
By: AP

WEST, Texas (AP) -- Officials and family members have identified four more first responders who died in last week's deadly Texas fertilizer plant explosion.

At least 14 people died in Wednesday's explosion at the plant in the Texas town of West. West Mayor Tommy Muska has said that 10 of the 14 who died were first responders.

On Sunday, professional organizations and family and friends identified four more of the first responders who died: brothers Doug and Robert Snokhous, who were both firefighters with the West Volunteer Fire Department; Jerry Chapman, a firefighter with the Abbott Volunteer Fire Department; and Kevin Sanders, who worked with West EMS and another area volunteer fire department.

The blast at the West Fertilizer Co. also injured 200 people.


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  • by Elaine Location: Location on Apr 22, 2013 at 05:15 AM
    I guess my question is; how come there was 270 tons of amnonia nitrate at this site and there isn't supposed to be more than 240 lbs. Looks criminal to me. I can't believe it was so close to a school and nursing home and apartment complex. They have removed all the government regulations leaving it to the industries to supervise; guess they aren't doing a very good job. We need more government oversite when it comes to things like this. They should have learned from the tanker in Galvaston explding 60 years ago with a cargo of amnonia nitrate killing over 600 people.
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