West's First Responders Named Texans of the Year 12/29/13
December 29, 2013
DALLAS - The Dallas Morning News has named the first responders during
the West fertilizer plant explosion as its Texans of the Year.
The newspaper announced its choice in an editorial to be published Sunday.
Twelve of the 15 people who died in the April 17th explosion were
firefighters or others who tried to help put out an initial fire at West
Fertilizer Company, where tons of ammonium nitrate detonated in an
earth-shattering blast. The newspaper also credited people who tried to move
neighbors out of harm's way and treat them after the blast.
The blast forever changed West, a dot in Central Texas along Interstate 35
once known mainly for its Czech heritage.
Many of those who survived the blast continue to struggle with physical and