OKLAHOMA CITY (4/21/15)--The bomb that tore through the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City 20 years ago this past Sunday left in its wake unspeakable destruction.
Among the 168 lives lost were 18 employees of Federal Employees CU (FECU), which was housed in the building and was totally destroyed that day.
A number of media outlets have asked several of those who were in the credit union and survived to recount what happened April 19, 1995.
Perhaps the most vivid recollection of the terrible event comes from Florence Rogers, then president/CEO of FECU, which is now known as Allegiance CU.
Rogers had been in the middle of a meeting with a number of staff members during the explosion, she told
recently. The bomb killed everyone in the meeting but her.
In addition to Rogers' harrowing tale, a member of the credit union also recounted what happened to her that day to
Susan Walton was inside the credit union when the bomb went off, and was the most severely injured individual to survive the bombing.
Walton suffered a basal skull fracture, among other fractures to her head, a ruptured spleen and severe breaks to both her legs below the knees, according to
When she was rescued, while she couldn't verbally communicate, she helped doctors identify her by using sign language.
also covered a talk given by a different survivor of the blast--another credit union employee.
Terri Talley told students from Southeastern Oklahoma University last week about being directly in the heart of the blast.
"When the bomb went off, I went down three floors and had to be rescued," Talley said (
). "It was just so fast. It was just like a vacuum sucked me down."