Kentucky First Responders

Kentucky Tornado Heroes – Nature’s Worst Brings Out Humanity’s Best

A recent “Super Tornado” crushed a big area of Kentucky. It was the worst tornado in State history and many people lost their lives. Yet, if not for the Kentucky Tornado Heroes, including first responders, heroic neighbors, and members of nearby towns, things would be much, much worse.

As we’ve seen in past tragedies, when the worst happens, the best people step forward. And this was no different. Here are a just a few of the heroic acts in recent days:

  • First responders from other parts of Kentucky went to the worst hit areas to help with rescue, clean up and fire protection.

  • Factory worker Kyanna Parsons-Perez, while buried in rubble, helped calm her co-workers while awaiting their rescue.
  • A bus driver put himself in harm’s way to help pull his neighbors out of the destruction.
  • Jim Finch has been hailed as a hero after deciding to drive from a neighboring town to cook food for the people who were impacted.

The stories above about these Kentucky Tornado Heroes are just a few of the many acts of bravery, kindness, and sacrifice that are providing hope and assistance for the people of Kentucky.  These people are the light in the darkness and a great example of the power of caring and teamwork.

Additional Resources:

Topics for Discussion:

  • What character traits do the helpers and heroes in this story possess?
  • Have you ever helped others in need?  How did it make you feel?
  • Do you know a first responder?  Do you know why they decided to do this job?

Take Action:

  • Donate to the Western Kentucky Relief Fund
  • Help your family create a Tornado Escape Plan
  • While you are at it, make sure your family has a Fire Evacuation Plan
  • Interested in becoming a first responder yourself?
    • Join a Junior Firefighter Camp or Academy! It includes teamwork exercises and learning what it takes to become a firefighter. You can find out more here. Or visit your local Fire Station. Here are some questions to ask!
    • Find a CPR class at the American Red Cross or another agency offering training. Having a CPR card can increase your chances of going on ride-along exercises with the firefighters.

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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