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Magoffin County men honored as tornado heroes

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Magoffin County Judge-Executive Doc Hardin and Mike Wilson, the county Emergency Management Director, holding their plaques. Magoffin County Judge-Executive Doc Hardin and Mike Wilson, the county Emergency Management Director, holding their plaques.
Damage to Salyersville, KY from the March 2, 2012 tornado. Damage to Salyersville, KY from the March 2, 2012 tornado.

SALYERSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As the twister moved through the eastern Kentucky town of Salyersville on March 2, 2012 two men risked everything to warn the community. Those men are now being honored by the National Weather Service.   

Before the storm hit, Magoffin County Judge-Executive Doc Hardin and Mike Wilson, the county Emergency Management Director, were headed to help West Liberty when Wilson got a text alert from the National Weather Service about the approaching tornado.

The two men went door to door alerting residents about the danger.

"It's humbling," said Wilson, "because all I was doing was doing my job. I didn't think nothing of it, just trying to save lives and keep everyone safe."

It is believed 50 lives were saved that night.

The community is also receiving a "Code Red" warning system, a system similar to the one in Louisville. When an emergency occurs, "Code Red" will warn residents county-wide by telephone.

A donation from the tornado relief fund will cover the cost.

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