Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

Murrah Bombing Survivor Speaks to Emergency Responder Class

Terri Talley, 1995 Oklahoma City Murrah bombing survivor, recently shared her story of survival and interaction with rescuers this month to OSU-OKC EMT and paramedic students. Talley worked on the third floor when the bombing occurred April 19, 1995, but ended up in the basement as three rescuers worked for two and a half hours to free her, refusing to leave her side. Rescuers had no tools, but, as Talley learned, they had the power of conversation, which was a powerful and calming reassurance. During the presentation, students were able to apply classroom material to understand basic needs for head injuries and low oxygen levels in victims even without basic medical supplies. Even more critical, they learned the lesson of the human element. The interaction between victim and rescuer was extremely important to Talley’s survival.

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Pictured is Emergency Responder Administration Department Head Lynn Wojcik and Talley.