Honoring the First Responders of West,
'Nothing will ever shake the
memory of their heroism and their
Speaking at the memorial service for the first responders of West,
Senator Cornyn honored the men who lost their lives in the
explosion. Excerpts of his speech are below.
�Today we honor
the lives of 12 great men, who gave their lives in an enduring act of
love for their neighbors, their families, and their community.
When the call went out for help, these men, along with countless
others in West, ran immediately toward the danger, not away from it, they
ran toward it, looking for a way they might
�And though they were taken from us in a blast that shook the
earth, and shattered buildings, nothing will ever shake the memory of
their heroism and their bravery.
�In the aftermath of
a tragedy like this, we find ourselves asking the question, �why?�
But as we remember the fallen, let us also ask the question
�How does one find such great courage, as these
men did, to face overwhelming danger on behalf of their community,
their families, and their friends? How does one find such
selflessness, to put the safety of everyone else before your own? And how
does one find such love, to be willing to lay down your life, so that
others might live?
�This will forever be the
legacy of those that ran toward the fire last week. We�re here
today asking an Almighty God to give comfort to the grieving.
May He bring healing to those who were injured, and may we never forget
the courage and the resolve the people of West, and this great
community, have shown the world.
�I will never forget
what one resident of West told me when I came here last Friday. He said,
�Being a Texan doesn�t just describe where you�re from, it describes
who your family is.� I�ll never forget