Firefighter says tornado devastation is 'beyond belief'
JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) - St. Johns firefighters returned late Tuesday night from the journey to Oklahoma to deliver supplies to people affected by the EF-5 tornado that touched down in the area.
"It's something that I'll never forget. I mean, it was very humbling, but what got us the most was the people's spirit out there," Jason Zorns said.
Zorns was one of three firefighters from St. John's Fire District who left Saturday morning and made the 1,200-mile drive to Oklahoma to deliver more than $41,000 in supplies to tornado victims.
Zorns said everyone was surprised they made the long trip, especially a firefighter at Moore Fire Station 2.
"He said, 'I can't even believe you guys came this far to try to help us.' I said, 'That's what we're here for. That's what we do,'" Zorns said.
Zorns documented the trip with photos, but says it will never quite capture what he saw with his own eyes.
"I've seen a lot of things in this job and honestly it was beyond belief," he said. "It was like a bomb went off."
The firefighter says he is happy to have paid it forward to a community in need and stand by a brotherhood.
"It doesn't matter if you're next door or across the nation, we have to be there for each other," he said.