|Published:||Jun 04, 2013 6:11 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 04, 2013 6:27 PM EDT|
NAPLES, Fla.- Rebuild and recover, that's what the State of Oklahoma is vowing to do. A lieutenant with the Naples Salvation Army was deployed after the first tornado devastated the suburbs of Oklahoma City. He was there on Friday as more tornados tore through the heartland. These pictures capture the heartache in America's heartland.
"It's devastating! The rubble was still everywhere, people were helping, looking and searching. It was very devastating, very surreal," said Lt. Michael Missey.
The tornadoes have torn up entire communities.
"The strength of the Oklahomans is amazing! They come out and help each other and work together and they just love to help their neighbors," Missey explained.
Lt. Michael Missey has been giving hope to those who may have very little left to hold onto.
"What we did was we walked around the neighborhood carrying coolers with Gatorade and drinks or snacks, something small, maybe just a teddy bear, but we went around to talk to the people," Missey told WINK.
He was in a neighboring community on standby, ready for the word to take cover as more tornadoes touched down in the area on Friday.
"I know a lot of people were out and about, some were down in cellars, it was just terrifying."
But fortunately for Lt. Missey, the storm shifted gears and didn't head his way.
"There's a lot of flooding still cause it's starting to rain again and it's suppose to rain the next three days, so with the flooding it's very bad."
But Lt. Missey's tour is now coming to end.
"I would stay if I had too, but I am very exhausted most emotionally and physically; We get to a point where we need to leave," Missey explained.
Lt. Missey is on a plane back to Naples tonight, where he will wait until his services are needed again.
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