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The National Conference of Firemen & Oilers, SEIU 32BJ issues a statement regarding the devastation in south-central and mid-west states caused by tornadoes on Friday night.

“The NCFO would like to send our sincere condolences to the hundreds of thousands of families suffering due to the severe property damage, extended power outages, and loss of loved ones caused by the historic tornado outbreak that destroyed homes and businesses across Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. Starting around 7:00 PM on Friday evening, 36 tornadoes wreaked havoc in the area for 9½ hours into the Saturday morning. With as many as 90 total lives lost and a death toll still rising, western Kentucky was the hardest hit with a third of the tornadoes spanning over 200 ruinous miles and killing upwards of 80 people in that state alone.

As rescue efforts continue to save lives and recover from damage while over 74,000 customers are still without power, we are heartbroken over the loss from this unusual tragedy. We all share in the sorrow with love, support, and kindness for all victims and their friends and family. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”

— NCFO President Dean Devita & Secretary Treasurer Robert Smith

The NCFO is an affiliate of 32BJ SEIU, the Service Employees International Union, which has 2.1 million members dedicated to raising industry standards, making life better for working families and our communities, and building a fair economy.