Former and current fire chiefs remember 1993 tornado in Oklahoma

  • Source: KOKI-TV FOX 23 Tulsa
  • Published: 04/25/2023 12:00 AM

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Thirty years ago Catoosa didn't have sirens, only had a volunteer fire department and cell phones were just starting to become a thing. That's how Catoosa Fire Chief Denus Benton remembers it. FOX23 talked to him Monday, 30 years since a supercell storm spawned a tornado that killed seven people and left a path of destruction and injuries through Tulsa and Catoosa. "It's just this distinct sound, just like a train and it's just roaring and the house is shaking and everything is moving," Chief Benton recalled. He said he was a volunteer firefighter at the time, as the city didn't have full-time firefighters. His chief at the time, Walter Sunny, also remembered the vivid details that come with witnessing a tornado. "It sounds just like everyone says," Sunny explained. "The house vibrated. I was watching things flying through the air, the trees were bending in shapes I had never seen before."


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