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Bixby firefighters in Moore for tornado recovery


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Updated: 5/21/2013 11:07 am Published: 5/21/2013 2:43 am


Volunteers flood the incident command posts in Moore where a deadly tornado ripped through the Oklahoma City suburb.

Dozens of people did not survive and officials confirm a majority of the victims who died were children.

The incident command posts are set up the Target and Home Depot near 19th Street and Telephone Road in Moore.

Law enforcement command posts with several agencies from across the state wait for their command orders. Over in the Home Depot Parking lot is the command posts for firefighters and a staging area for ambulances.

National guardsmen are seen by the yellow police tape responding and helping give and take orders.

Firefighters from across the state are seen recharging their energy at one of the American Red Cross posts.

Bixby firefighters were arrived shortly after 10 p.m. Monday night to help at the command post.

"Knowing what the brothers are going through and seeing those things and not knowing what they are seeing," said Bixby Fire Marshal Joey Wiedel. "We are feeling for them."

On Tuesday they plan to help with search and rescue.

"The kids, the schools, most of us are dad's so we want to come down and help," said Wiedel.

At the entrance to the Home Depot is a drop off site for lost and found pets.

FOX23 News was there as Kristy Parrish was reunited with her German Shepard Brikka.

"I saw that pink collar and said, ' It's my girl,'" said Parrish. "It is a miracle and God has answered."

She and Jamie Martinez' home was leveled by the E-4 tornado.

"We just walked two here two miles in the mud," said Martinez.

Although, they are missing five other dogs and two cats, they see Brikka as a miracle.

"This is a blessing in the midst of chaos," said Parrish.

Being reunited with their pets is a sign of hope for the Moore families.

"So don't give upkeep looking, pray, pray, pray the lord works in mysterious ways. There is a lesson in this. I don't know what it is, but I will find it," said Parrish.

People are encouraged to drop off found pets at the Home Depot where the Bella Foundation is taking in the animals. If the animals are injured they are sent to the vet hospital in Norman. Volunteers report some of the rescued animals have head and paw injuries. If the dog has a tag they are calling the owner and they have scanner for the microchip.

The McClain County Animal Response Team is also posting pictures of lost animals to be reunited with their family members.

The Tulsa Humane Society staff is currently en route to Moore. Their Mobile RV Unit will be stationed at the First Baptist Church in Moore and serve as a Relief Center for families pets. They will distribute supplies, provide pet first aid and assist in any ways needed.

Volunteers will be collect donations at the Center. They will be in and out all day. Items of the greatest need are cat litter, litter pans, collars, toys and treats.

If you would like to make a cash donation, please go to our website, www.tulsapets.com. All incoming donations are being used for OKC Tornado relief.

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