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New landmark unveiled for first responders killed in West explosion

Posted: 12:03 AM, Apr 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-14 01:03:12-04

It’s been six years since a fertilizer plant exploded in the Texas city of West just eighteen miles to the north of Waco. It left 15 dead and almost 200 injured.

Now, West unveils a new landmark to prove that it will never forget.

The city of West Fallen Heroes Memorial was dedicated Saturday, showcasing the brave responders who sacrificed their lives.

Texas governor Greg Abbott commended the unity of West following the disaster and said that even though the explosion has left west scarred, the resolve of the people has never been stronger.

Gov. Greg Abbott said, “It never ceases to amaze me to see the resilience of this community, the way this community has responded to one of the most horrific tragedies to ever hit the state of Texas but you can see each step of the way. The way the entire community and the people affected by this tragedy have shown the resilience needed to recover and I tell you, West is better today than it’s ever been.”

A Saturday dedication ceremony to the City of West Fallen Heroes Memorial Texas Gov. Greg Abbott praised first responders and residents of the city of West, Texas for working together after a 2013 fertilizer plant fire and explosion that killed 15. (KXAS)