Tulsa First Responders Recall Devastation Of Oklahoma City Bombing 26 Years Later

  • Source: KOTV-DT CBS 6 Tulsa
  • Published: 04/20/2021 12:00 AM

First responders from all over Green Country were some of the first people on scene at the Oklahoma City bombing 26 years ago. "We watched it unfold and everybody is wanting to go help," said Tulsa Fire District Chief Pete Matlock. Matlock shared pictures from his time sorting through the wreckage in downtown Oklahoma City. He was sent to help a few days after the bombing. "Seeing a building like that was so ominous, it was something I had never seen before," Matlock said. Matlock describes almost every waking hour of the four days he spent there in what he calls an "ant train." "You would hand it to somebody, they would hand it down," he said. He said at that point, his mission was focused on body recovery, not rescue. Matlock remembers vivid details, like the smell of Little Caesar's cinnamon rolls, that employees made for the rescuers even though the bombing destroyed most of the restaurant. "They set up these tents and took care of us," said Matlock.


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