, Salem, MA


April 26, 2013

Obama praises first responders who died in Texas blast


Your country will remain ever ready to help you recover and rebuild and reclaim your community.”

He praised the work of those throughout the region who responded to the disaster, from the hospital employees who worked through the night tending the wounded, to school district officials who opened their doors to displaced West students, to the students at Baylor who stood in line for hours to donate blood.

“That’s the thing about this tragedy. This small town’s family is bigger now. It extends beyond the boundaries of West,” Obama said. “And in the days ahead, this love and support will be more important than ever because there will be moments of doubt and pain, the temptation to wonder how this community will ever fully recover, the families who have such remarkable men … there are going to be times when they simply don’t understand how this could have happened.”

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