Wyoming Public Safety cooks out for tornado victims

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - More than 100 residents, volunteers and first responders celebrated the community's resilience and commitment to rebuild following last month's tornado.

The Wyoming Public Safety held a cookout at the Ideal Park Christian Reformed Church Saturday. Officers and firefighters who initially responded to the July 6th tornado, grilled up some burgers and broke bread with the community.

I think those relationships that were built will be around for a long, long time," said Wyoming Police Chief Jim Carmody. "I hope that they are. We have a large group of people here that are part of our family and the city will take care of them."

Those hit worse by the EF1 tornado made it out to the community event, hoping to thank those who helped them in their time of need.

"With this thing that happened, everyone just came together, helping each other," said Mary Jane Bessey, who is still not able to return to her home due to safety concerns. "It make you feel like you are home, part of the community and it feels like they care about you."

Residents say the one positive thing that came from the storm: friendship.

"You see people in passing, but since all this has happened you know people's names more, you get together a little bit more," said Joan Laplow. "So it's been nice getting to know people, but it's just too bad that a tornado had to help you get to know your neighbors."


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