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Fertilizer plant explosion levels several blocks of small Texas town

Two Firefighters Laid to Rest in West



    (Published Friday, April 26, 2013)

    Friday, friends and family will remember two more victims of last week's explosion in the town of West that killed 15 and injured 200.

    Joey Pustejousky was a volunteer firefighter, husband and father of four who was among the first responders killed in the blast. 

    Pustejousky worked as the secretary for the town of West and also started a youth ministry at St. Mary's Catholic Church of the Assumption.

    His funeral was held at the church Friday morning.

    Family Video: Buck Uptmor

    [DFW] Family Video: Buck Uptmor
    Buck Uptmor's family remembers the West volunteer fireman during a video played during the first responders memorial in Waco Thursday.
    (Published Friday, April 26, 2013)

    Friday evening the church will also host the visitation for Buck Uptmore, a firefighter who died while trying to free horses from a barn near the West Fertilizer plant.

    Uptmore coached Little League and was the drummer for the band Billy Uptmore and the Makers.  Uptmore leaves behind a wife and three children.

    A memorial for those who died in last week's explosion was held Thursday in Waco and was attended by President Barack Obama and the first lady, as well as other state officials.

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    Buck Uptmor's mother says her son was killed in the West explosion as he tried to free horses from a barn.
    (Published Friday, April 19, 2013)

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