Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 16, 2015
Sen David Holt introduces representatives of state agencies, OKC
National Memorial & Museum on Senate Floor.
Senate Resolution 27
Senate honors state workers impacted by
the Oklahoma City Bombing
As the state approaches the 20th anniversary
of the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Oklahoma Senate paused Thursday
to honor and remember state workers who were injured and who died
in the blast, and the many others who assisted in the rescue, search
and recovery efforts and in seeking justice for the victims. Senate
Resolution 27, by Sen. David
Holt, R-Oklahoma City, was an effort to recognize the effect
the Murrah bombing had on state employees, and how state employees
assisted the victims, their families, the city and the state as
Oklahoma moved forward from the deadliest domestic terrorism attack
in this nation’s history.
Even though it was the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building that was
targeted in the Oklahoma City bombing, two nearby buildings heavily
damaged in the blast were the Oklahoma Water Resources Board building
and the Journal Record Building, which housed several state agency
offices. Two employees in the Water Resources Board building were
killed in the bombing, and a third state employee who was visiting
the Social Security office in the Murrah Building died. More than
100 other state workers were injured that morning.
Representatives of the various state agencies located near the
Murrah Building and other state officials and employees were on
the floor and in the Senate gallery for the passage of the resolution.
“It is often perhaps overlooked because of the obvious impact
that the federal government felt and the obvious great response
that the city government gave. But the state government, as you
heard in the resolution, was intimately affected and involved in
the aftermath of April 19th,” said Holt, addressing fellow
members and state employees gathered in the chamber. “To those
standing here and those in the gallery, we are going to applaud.
We know that is insufficient, but just know that it symbolizes our
deep grief and gratitude.”
Among the officials present for Thursday’s ceremony was Susan
Winchester, a former State Representative from Chickasha, who currently
serves as the chair of the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma City
National Memorial and Museum. Her sister, Dr. Peggy Clark, was among
those killed in the Murrah bombing.
Winchester expressed her appreciation for the Senate’s recognition
of the role of state employees and others the day of the bombing
and in its aftermath.
“At 9:02 a.m., April 19th, 1995, someone tried to bring Oklahoma
to her knees. At 9:03 that morning, we showed them that that doesn’t
happen in Oklahoma—that we are a strong people, we are a generous
people. We run toward tragedy, not away, and we make things better,”
Also joining Senator Holt on the Senate floor were Gov. Mary Fallin,
who was Lt. Governor in 1995; Justice Steven Taylor, member of the
Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
and the presiding judge over the state trial; Sheriff Charlie Hanger,
the former state trooper caught the primary suspect; Gary Sherrer,
who was Executive Director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board;
Ed Eckenstein, an employee of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board;
Melanie Hall, member of the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma City
National Memorial & Museum and who was Deputy Administrator
of the Oklahoma Department of Securities in the Journal Record building;
Melissa Houston, member of the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma
City National Memorial & Museum and was an employee of the Truth
in Sentencing Policy Advisory Commission in the Journal Record building;
and Kari Watkins, Executive Director of the Oklahoma City National
Memorial & Museum.
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