Twenty one years ago, on April 19th, a truck-bomb explosion outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, leaving 168 people dead and hundreds more injured. The blast was set off by anti-government activist Timothy McVeigh, who was executed in 2001 for his crimes. His co-conspirator Terry Nichols received life in prison. Until September 11, 2001, the Oklahoma City bombing was the worst terrorist attack to take place on U.S. soil.
Rescue and recovery efforts came from many places that day. Police, EMTs, and others rushed in from Arizona and as far away as New York to lend their help. The initial sentiment was not one of fear, but of brotherhood, with a vast number of people working together to provide aid to those who needed it. It is this powerful spirit that we witness in first responders every day. Whether the situation involves a crime scene or a suicide, the compassion these individuals have for their community, often risking their own lives in the process, is what makes them inspiring role models. It is also why we regularly sponsor events, contests, and giveaways to honor their contributions, large and small.
Looking Forward, Still Remembering
Following the horrific bombing, a task force was created to decide how to best remember those who perished in the Oklahoma City attack. The site of the bombing is now a museum and memorial to honor the victims and educate the public about that day. The space includes an Outdoor Symbolic Memorial on the Murrah Building site and along NW Fifth in front of the building footprint.Additionally, the Memorial Museum is 30,000 square foot interactive learning museum to tell the story of April 19, 1995, and how the chaos turned to hope in the days following the terrorist attack. Finally, the terrible event led to the creation of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT). MIPT’s mission is to help prevent terrorism and to mitigate its effects where it occurs.
The Museum and Memorial also sponsor a yearly service to remember those who died in the incident. This year’s event was held this morning, and images and details can be found in this article.
How Aftermath Supports Community
The Oklahoma City attack serves as a dark reminder of our vulnerability in the workplace, creating a heightened sense of awareness about safety and terrorism that continues to this day. However, it also stands as a testament to the hard work of our first responders, and to the strong and determined nature of our communities. Aftermath’s business centers around families and property owners, and the lifesaving work of those who connects us to those in need of our services. We are always proud to pass along vital information on safety topics, as well as the biohazard remediation business. If you have any questions about our services, or need immediate trauma incident cleanup, contact us 24/7 at 877-697-0346.