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When a fire started at a fertilizer plant in the small town of West, Texas, firefighters responded without hesitation. Many of them were killed when the ensuing explosion devastated much of the town. Here you can read about each of these individuals who gave their lives working to protect their neighbors.

Despite the destruction of his home, Pastor John Crowder ensured that his church still held a service—with folding chairs and a flatbed truck in a field. He outlines the lessons he's learned while trying to support his family, church, and community, noting "This is Bad, but God is Bigger."

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