Brave Parents Died Saving Their Infant Child From Tornado

This Brave Parents Died Saving Their Infant Child From Tornado

Many parents will state that they would die for their children, your own parents probably said it, if you are a parent you have probably said it yourself. It is rare, fortunately, that a parent is called upon to do this, so much so that when it happens it is indeed newsworthy, and something to give one chills.

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When tornadoes ripped through several states May 11, in Nashville Arkansas high school sweethearts, Michael and Melissa Mooneyhan flung their bodies over their 18 month old daughter, the little girl was found alive later, sheltered by her loving parents in their final act of sacrifice, both were killed by blunt trauma.

Nashville, Arkansas is a small town with 4,700 residents, a close-knit community, who is eager to help the orphan however they can. After being treated for minor injuries the little girl was released to family members, and local opinion is that it’s a tragedy she will never know her loving parents.

The couple married in 2004, while still in high school, and were doting parents to their child. Michael was employed at the local Wal-Mart, Melissa was a stay-at-home mom. The tornado ripped through their tiny town and the trailer they lived in.

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The National Weather Service rated the tornado in that part of Arkansas an EF2, with winds about 200 miles an hour. One rescue worker said the Mooneyhan’s home looked like it had exploded. The toddler was found under some debris, awake, crouched down between her parents. Family members and friends have been helping sift through the rubble, finding mementos and clothing for the child, determined that she knows how much she was loved.

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If you are threatened by a tornado in your area, stay out of your car, trailer homes are not safe, look for shelter in a sturdy brick or concrete building. Basements are the safest place to be. If there is no basement, choose an interior room with few windows, bathrooms are usually good choices. Cover yourself with heavy blankets or a mattress. If there is time grab a supply of water, grab a cell phone too, but it may not work as the towers can be affected. Talk to your family beforehand and agree on a meeting place for after, a church or a school, so you know where everyone is and who is missing.

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Photos: CBC News, The Weather Network, AccuWeather

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