Honor guard stand in front of caskets prior to a memorial service for first responders who died in last week's fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Waco, Texas. President Barack Obama, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and Texas Gov. Rick Perry are set to speak at Thursday's memorial at Baylor University's Ferrell Center in Waco. Firefighters and other first responders were among those killed when a fire at the plant erupted in an explosion last week. Hundreds of people were injured. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Thursday, April 25, 2013 5:17 pm
Cornyn: Deadly blast reminder of Texans' loyalty
The Associated Press
Cornyn spoke on behalf of Texas' congressional delegation Thursday at a memorial service for the first responders who died in last week's explosion at West Fertilizer. He introduced President Barack Obama, who attended the service along with first lady Michelle Obama.
Cornyn called on those watching to "never forget the courage and the resolve" of the people of West. He says one resident of West told him after the blast that being from Texas is not just about a home state, but an extended family.
Ten first responders and two people who helped fight the initial fire were honored at the service.