East Texas already
has numerous connections to the town of West. Several come from Nacogdoches.
firefighter Travis Vanscoder grabbed his bags at two in the morning. The
state's urban search and rescue team member is today in West performing
important duties to help those in need.
"He is in logistics.
And he is the guy that will shop around and make sure we have our supplies, we
have our people in place," Terry Westmoreland, a battalion chief with the
Nacogdoches Fire Department, said. "He's kinda an organizer. Does a very good
Having been in
similar disaster modes, battalion Westmoreland knows eventually the
firefighter's job could sadly turn into recovery.
have several vans," Westmoreland said. "They have partial teams in several vans
and they have sectors to search."
Nacogdoches has deep-rooted
ties to the fertilizer industry. Eighty years ago M.S. Wright founded Lone Star
Feeds and Fertilizer. Today fertilizer is in the name only.
"I can easily see how people would be confused
because in our lone star logo, it says feed and fertilizer, but we discontinued
that roughly 30 years ago," Bud Wright, the CEO of Texas Farm Products, said. "We
now have fertilizer manufactured for us by a third party."
are blended at American Plant Food Corporation in Nacogdoches. No manufacturing
processes are required.
Even though Lone Star
hasn't manufactured fertilizer for decades, they can still empathize with what
the manufacturer and the emergency workers are going through.
Emergency workers are
dealing with things like injuries, death, and shock. It's the details former
Nacogdoches Medical Center CEO Glenn Robinson is bringing to the world.
Robinson currently serves as the CEO of Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in
Waco, where more than 90 blast victims are receiving treatment.
"As you would expect
in this type of blast, a lot of lacerations," Robinson said.
administrator, an industry, and a firefighter are tonight doing what they can
to bring peace and comfort to those in need.
Wright said the Texas
Grain and Feed Association was asked by the Fertilizer Institute to circulate
its fact sheet on anhydrous ammonia and other fertilizer products. You can find
that fact sheet here.
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