While the Hughes Springs Volunteer Fire Department waits for the insurance company to give them answers, one firefighter says he can give them all the answers they’d ever want.
“It’s a slow process; I’m impatient,” said volunteer fire chief and full-time police sergeant Jay Cates. “It’s depressing to see.”
He says the visual reminders make it hard to forget.
Assistant Chief Randy Jones wonders how in the world he made it through that night alive. Randy had raced to the fire station to respond to a call for help after a tornado touched down in the neighboring town of Daingerfield when it hit.
“The wind and rain started, so I shut the door,” Jones said. A second tornado then dropped from the sky with little warning.
“By the time I walked back, the doors flew in and the walls started shaking,” he recalled.