Remembrance of 2012 tornado held in Magoffin County

Published: Mar. 2, 2017 at 10:17 PM EST
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As the sirens sounded at 7:02 p.m. on Thursday evening, many in the community came together to remember March 2, 2012.

"It's just a remembrance," Pete Shepherd, Mayor of Salyersville, said. "It's remembering five years ago that the tornado hit and the devastation we had here and not only here but all over eastern Kentucky."

Emergency responders lined up and many members of the community showed their support.

"We've done a great job as a community coming back together and rebuilding, and putting lives back together," Larry Lanning, service officer, said.

Everyone was feeling thankful that no one lost their life in their county.

"It tore up a lot of things, buildings, schools but nobody got killed," Jackie Howard, Magoffin County resident, said.

Howard has lived in Magoffin County his whole life. He never expected a tornado to happen.

"I never thought it would hit here. I've been told all my life that it wouldn't hit around these mountains," Howard said.

But Howard shared he is filled with thankfulness that it was not worse.

"That's the reason why we come here," Howard said. "(Is) thanking Him for having His big hand over us and keeping us safe."

Many in the town stated they are proud of how they have rebuilt and moved forward.