Obama, Perry Praise First Responders at West Texas Tragedy




Gov. Rick Perry met with state officials on Wednesday, April 17, to discuss Texas’ response to last night’s explosion and fires at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. State officials worked through the night and this morning to assist local emergency management and law enforcement with health and medical resources, incident management, search and rescue and environmental quality monitoring, which are ongoing.

“We are blessed in Texas to have the best emergency response teams in the nation, and they were certainly at their best last night, quickly and efficiently taking control of the situation, tending to the wounded and helping keep a bad situation from getting worse,” Gov. Perry said. “Anyone who grew up in a small town understands that this tragedy will touch every family in West and the surrounding communities in some way. I urge all Texans and Americans to join me in keeping the people of West and our first responders in your prayers as this situation continues to unfold.”

“Today our prayers go out to the people of West, Texas in the aftermath of last night’s deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant” said President Obama in a White House press release “A tight-knit community has been shaken, and good, hard-working people have lost their lives. I want to thank the first responders who worked tirelessly through the night to contain the situation and treat the wounded. West is a town that many Texans hold near and dear to their hearts, and as residents continue to respond to this tragedy, they will have the support of the American people”.

“Once again, our state’s first responders have run toward disaster, putting their lives on the line for those they protect and serve,” said Lt. Governor David Dewhurst in a press release from the governor’s office “We will continue to pray for them and the countless Texans whose lives have been forever changed by this tragedy.”