Fertilizer plant explosion levels several blocks of small Texas town

Family of Fallen West Firefighter Rebuilds After Explosion

By Meredith Land
|  Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013  |  Updated 12:39 AM CDT
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On April 17, 37-year-old Perry Calvin, a volunteer firefighter died along with 14 others. His wife, Becky, was left with their two boys and a third baby on the way.

Meredith Land, NBC 5 News

On April 17, 37-year-old Perry Calvin, a volunteer firefighter died along with 14 others. His wife, Becky, was left with their two boys and a third baby on the way.

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A surprise blessing for a young family who lost their father in the West Fertilizer Company explosion eight months ago.

On April 17, 37-year-old Perry Calvin, a volunteer firefighter died along with 14 others.

His wife, Becky Calvin, missed his call by just minutes.

"He actually called me about 3 minutes before the explosion and I was in the bathroom and couldn't get to the phone. I didn't get to answer," Calvin said.

Becky Calvin was left with their two boys and a third baby on the way.

Her husband dreamed of having a little girl and just before Thanksgiving, she gave birth to a baby girl named Pressley Wreanne Calvin.

"She's a sweetheart," Calvin said, adding the baby girl looks like both of them. "My eyes, she has his mouth, his chin, long legs like him. She's a good mix." We asked her what Perry would have loved about her. "Everything. He would love everything."

Becky Calvin says 9-year-old Wyatt and 5-year-old Preston are handling their dad's death well.

"So far they talk to me or someone about it," she said.

When asked how she's coping, she said, "Best I can. I gotta be here for my kids. They need me, I need them."
 


West Fertilizer Plant Explosion
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