Echo Tornado Hero, One Year Later

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

As we draw closer to the one year anniversary of the tornado that ripped through Enterprise, many residents are remembering not only the tragedies, but the miracles that took place.

"It's definitely a blessing, its definitely a second chance because we, a lot of people wouldn't have survived that and it's just an act of God that we did survive," Andy Phillips said.

An act of God Andy and his wife Stacey are grateful for each day.

Both Phillips and his wife say they are still amazed they and their two daughters survived the storm.

And, with Andy’s quick thinking, he may have saved his six-year-old daughter's life. "When I found her after it had hit, the wind and debris was flying around and I got on top of her to keep any more debris from hitting her," he said.

Eric Blackenship with the Echo Volunteer Fire Department says the Phillips family was primarily the only family severely hurt in the town of Echo.

The Phillips home was one of about 20 to 35 houses that were damaged in the tornado.

Blakenship says last year's storm was a good reminder to all how destructive these storms can be. "A lot of us take for granted, you know that there's a tornado warning,” he says. “You see it on TV here and there, you don't think much about it, but if you actually see first hand the damage that it does, it kind of puts everything into perspective of you know, this could be my house."

Phillips and his family say it was definitely an eye opener and have already taken extra precautions for this year. "We got a weather radio there at the house and we keep a lot closer eye on what's going on. We take more precautions than we did before."

The Phillips family says with the help of their family and the community, they were able to stay strong and find another home to continue making memories.

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