Texoma men remember deadly Murrah building explosion

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (KXII) -- April 19, 1995 at 9:01 in the morning: American blood, shed on American soil, all carried out by an anti-government, militant American man and his accomplice.

"The magnitude. I'd never been to war. But to me, April 19, 1995 was my war,' said Terry Park.

168 people, including 19 children, were killed as the north wall of the Alfred P Murrah building blew off.

Frank Unsicker was working in an office building across the street.

"Their clothes were just in shreds. Their face was cut and they're in shock. I mean, they're just literally walking around in shock," said Unsicker.

For Choctaw County Sheriff Terry Park, an officer with Spencer PD at the time, the images of the wreckage and what lay beneath it will never leave him.

"You carry it with you all the time," said Park.

The two men were part of the thousands of volunteers and first responders who converged on the site to help any way they could.

"Even though it was this huge disaster that, you know, breaks your heart, the good side of people came out in an unbelievable way," said Unsicker.

He worked with the Red Cross, helping the survivors get back on their feet.

Park laid dirt on 30 of the graves of those who were lost.

"There's a lot of good people, I found that out. There's a lot more good than there is bad," said Unsicker.

Even 24 years later, not a moment forgotten.

"Life changed in a lot of ways," said Park.