Stories of April 27, 2011

Posted on: 8:10 pm, April 24, 2013, by , updated on: 08:12pm, April 24, 2013

On Thursday night, Jerry Hayes and I will be doing a live Facebook chat to talk about things we have learned, stories we have heard, and to hear what you have to say now that we are almost two years removed from one of the deadliest days in Alabama history.

We will be doing the chat on WHNT News 19′s page from 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM.

Here’s one story we got tonight on the WHNT page from Keith Crumbley east of Cullman in the Simcoe community. I’ve been trying to find out who Keith is since a Cullman County Sheriff’s Deputy told me the story of this house and storm shelter at the Cullman Airshow in May 2011.

“My name is Keith Crumbley and this is a picture of the storm shelter that was left standing that was installed in our garage in 2004. It was a life saver on April 27 2011. It saved the lives of my wife Deborah and my son Matthew and my Father-in-law and mother-in-law Alvin and Edna Byrd and three cats. We live in the Simcoe area and our house got a direct hit from the tornado that day. We would like to thank everyone for all the thoughts and prayers that were sent our way. A lot of our papers were found as far away as Cleveland, Tennessee. We received a surprise from the folks on Signal Mountain Tennessee when they found a lot of our papers and contacted us. They had a fund raising for us and brought several items we needed here to Cullman. Our next door neighbor lost his life during the storm that afternoon. He was the second person in Cullman that day that lost his life.”

This was Keith’s storm shelter. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words; in this case, it shouts a million words about just how effective those shelters are!

Keith Crumbley's storm shelter at Simcoe after his house was destroyed by an EF-4 tornado on 4/27/11

Keith Crumbley’s storm shelter at Simcoe after his house was destroyed by an EF-4 tornado on 4/27/11

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-Jason
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