President Obama Attends Memorial Service For Fallen Texas Firefighters

President and first lady pay respects to the 14 killed in the fertilizer explosion.
17:08 | 04/25/13

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Thank you senator corner and Governor Perry. Cruz's star. Gathered dignitaries. Community of they learn. -- Most of all the -- -- in the friends. Neighbors. Of west Texas. I cannot match the the voices. You just heard on that video. And no words. Adequately describe. The courage. That was displayed. On that deadly night. It. What I can do is. -- for the love. And support. And prayers. Of the nation. The -- songs tells us. For new -- god have tested us. You have tried us. We went through fire. -- -- Did you -- Brought us. -- to a place in the months. We went through fire and threw water. That you have brought us now. To a place of abundance. For this state. For our country. These have been trying and difficult days. We -- here in Texas to more and brave men. Who went through fire. And all those who. Been taken from us. We remain mindful of our fellow Americans and flooded states to the north to endure. The high waters. We pray for those in Boston -- been tested. And the wounded. Whose greatest tests still lie ahead. But notice. -- the eyes of the world may have been fixed. Places forward. Our -- have also been here. Your time of tribulation. And even amidst such sorrow. So much -- We recognizes. -- -- We give thanks. But the courage. And the compassion. An incredible race. But the people of west. We're grateful for. -- most of the mayor -- And all those who's shown such leadership. During the stretch. And to the families. And neighbors grappling with the unbearable loss. We are here to say you are not a law. You are not forgotten. We may not all live here in Texas but we're neighbors true. -- be there. Even after the cameras leave. And -- the attention turns elsewhere. -- country will remain. Ever ready to help you recover and rebuild and reclaim your community. Now until last week. And experts say that few outside the state. -- ever heard of west. And I suspect that's the way most people. In west. Like it. It is true -- trip. And now the wider world. Know they can rely on the checks back. For -- this -- in the middle of -- long stretch of highway I want to say by the way all present former presidents. In Dallas. Since their thoughts and prayers and George W him and Laura Bush. Spoke longingly. About. Collages and I've driven through west. And when when they understood and what all of you understand is what makes web special. There's not -- attention coming from far flung places. What makes US -- what would puts it on the map. Is what makes -- familiar. The people who live there. Neighbors you can count. Places. There have -- change. Things that are -- and true. And last. Most people and unless know everybody in west. Many -- probably descended. From some of those first settlers party immigrants who crossed an ocean and kept on -- wrong. So for you there's no such thing as a strength. When someone's in need you reach out to. And you support them. You knew what it. Takes to help them carry out. That's what happened last Wednesday. When a fire alarm sounded. Across a quiet Texas street. This Weaver. The call went up to volunteers. Not professions. People who just love the -- people who want to help their neighbors. Call one two farmers in car sales and welders and funeral home directors. The city secretary and -- went -- to folks who were tough enough and selfless enough to put in a full day's work. And then be ready for more. And together. You answer the call. He dropped to school work left to families jumped -- fire trucks. And rush to deflect us. When you got to the scene. You forgot. -- your. -- you could knowing the danger. Buying time so others could -- And then about twenty minutes after the first alarm. We are shown and Scott went dark. And west changed forever. Today our prayers are with the families mole. Who we've lost. The proud sons. And daughters -- some memories will live on our hearts. Parents love their kids and leaders who serve their communities. They were young and old. From different backgrounds and different walks of life. The if you were distraught about their business. -- an awful lot ran. Towards the scene of disaster trying to help. One was described got a guy whose -- was always -- here with folks in need of help. -- always provide. That's just to these folks work. Our thoughts are with those who face a long -- The wounded. The heartbroken. Families who lost their homes and possessions and an instant. They're gonna need their friends and west. -- also give -- the friends. In Texas and their friends all across this country. They'll still need you to answer that call. There will still need those things that are lasting and true. -- scripture teaches us. A friend loves at all times. The Brothers born. -- Through people west just as we've seen the love you share in better times as friends and Brothers and sisters. These are days have shorter buildings stand tall in times of unimaginable adverse. -- song leaders like mayor must prove lost close friends and you saw out of the hospital staff who spent the night treating people that they -- -- through their tears. And they did what had to be done. We saw in the folks who help to -- through an entire nursing home. Including one man who drove an elderly resident to safety and then came back to do it again twice. -- job in the people so generous could win. The Red Cross set up a shelter for folks who couldn't go back to their homes but not many people showed up because most. -- offered a place to stay. Where their friends and family and neighbors. Complete strangers drove from -- the miles to donate supplies. Firefighters. And surrounding communities. -- the stations. Just so surviving volunteers to recover. From their wounds. Right here -- -- -- Students stood in line for hours to give blood. In a nearby school district opened its doors to the students who can't go back to their classrooms. Putting welcome signs on -- And in the hallways. So that's the thing about this tragedy. This small towns family is bigger -- It extends. I'm -- in west. And in the days ahead. This love and support would be more important than ever because there will be moments of doubt. The temptation to wonder. How this community will ever fully recovered. The families who lost law. Such remarkable -- of the sort that we saw in that video there -- be times where. They simply don't understand how this -- had. Today I see him in the people west. -- -- -- -- What makes less special. Isn't -- -- Consider changing who you are this tragedy. -- simply revealed who you've always been. It's the -- of Deborah. -- -- Who works is OK -- should just around corner from fire station she said. Could be tough for the families but were gonna rebound. Because -- pipes. -- -- will bring west back. It's the love. Carlos Ruiz who used to live in -- now lives in Austin the last week she drove all the way back. I had to be here she said. You have to be here for -- -- Who keep what's going. It's the face of someone like -- -- of the will sustain the good people of west for as long as it takes is this church was damaged in the explosion. So on Sunday the congregation assembled outside. What happened Wednesday was all he told them but go. -- all of -- He is bigger than all of this -- here -- Going forward it's not just your town that needs your courage and your love and your faith. America does too. We need. Towns where. If you don't know what your kids -- and chances are your neighbors due to a melt tell. On those kids in the second. Holds fundraisers to help -- -- the medical bills. And then taking time to drop off home -- me because they know families under stress. America needs communities where there's always somebody to call the -- -- doctor. Your house gets flooded. We need people whose -- other neighbors as themselves that they're willing to lay down. Their lives form. America needs town. For -- got a you're trying to. We went through fire. After Watergate UN brought us jobs to a place in the months. -- just west. You have been trying. Do you have gone through -- Where you are. And always will be surrounded by an abundance of life. You sought. In the voices. On those previous. You see. In the firefighters and first responders. Who are here. Pool. All across America people are. Praying for him. And thinking -- And when they see the faces of those families. They understand. The -- are not strangers. These are neighbors. And that's why. We know. There we will get through this. -- -- -- His comfort. On their -- and what's. May continue to bless this great state of Texas. And may continue to bless these United States of America. -- -- -- Last week in that explosion at a fertilizer plant in west Texas. Not far from the -- of an explosion there at the ceremony taking place at Baylor university in Waco the president's the First Lady along with the governor of Texas and hundreds of mothers all paying their respects. To those lost. We will continue our live coverage of the service on abcnews.com. For now. I'm Dan Cutler New York with his ABC news additional special report. This has been a special report from ABC news.

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