The town of West, Texas remembers their fallen heroes.
The explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, took the lives of 14 and wounded over 200. Most of those who were lost were first responders from West and surrounding communities who were on the scene attempting to combat the fire preceding the blast. The first responders were fathers, husbands, brothers, and sons. These men lost their lives protecting their community, expressing their love through “acts of heroism” they way first responders across the nation do every single day.
As WISTV 10 reports, a memorial service will be held on Thursday to “honor the lives of more than 10 fallen firefighters who were killed,” on April, 17. Firefighters from South Carolina have been in West, to help plan the memorial and to assist the town through this difficult time.
The Associated Press also gathered the stories of some of these men, “with help from relatives, friends, and obituaries of the deceased released by local funeral homes.” Following is one of those profiles:
PERRY CALVIN: Father, husband, firefighter
Perry Calvin, 37, died responding to the fire at the fertilizer plant. His father, Phil Calvin, said Perry, a husband and father of two boys ages 9 and 2, was looking forward to his wife having a new baby around Thanksgiving.
He was a volunteer firefighter at the Navarro Mills and Martens fire departments and was attending EMS classes in West. He also was a student at the Hill County Fire College.
He was a self-employed farmer and loved the outdoors. He enjoyed horseback riding, rodeos, fishing and spending time with his family, a funeral home obituary said.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Ann Calvin, two sons, his father, a brother, two sisters, grandmother, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
To read more of the profiles compiled by the AP go here.
Photo: AP/Perry Wayne Calvin courtesy of Aderhold Funeral Home, Inc.