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Amy’s office was bombed

On the morning of April 19, 1995, a former US Army soldier parked a rented Ryder truck in front of the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building, located in downtown Oklahoma City.

Inside the truck was everything he needed to carry out his plan of terrorism and mass murder. He had a large bomb, which he created using agricultural fertilizer and some chemicals, including diesel fuel. After parking the car, he got out and walked toward his getaway car, a yellow Mercury Marquis.

He ignited a timed fuse, and a second fuse as backup.

Inside the building, in one of the office conference rooms, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board had just begun a 9 am meeting when the bomb exploded.

The blast effect was equivalent to over 5000 pounds of TNT, and could be heard and felt 55 miles away. The blast either destroyed or damaged 324 buildings within a 4-block radius. 86 cars were either burned or destroyed, and a large section of the Federal building had been reduced to rubble. News crews were shocked when they first viewed the damage from their helicopter.

Inside the building, 163 people were killed. Additional casualties were one person in the nearby Athenian building, one woman in a parking lot across the street, two people in the Oklahoma Water Resources building, and a rescue worker who was struck on the head by falling debris. In total, 168 people died that day. 19 of those were children. Almost 700 other people were injured.

My guest today, Amy, was in the Federal Building that morning. She worked on the third floor, at the Federal Employees Credit Union.

search and rescue after the bombing
search and rescue after the bombing

In this episode, you’ll hear her talk about what happened to her that day. But just as amazing is what has happened to her SINCE that day.

early Amy, mid Amy, and today Amy
early Amy, mid Amy, and today Amy
Amy Downs, YOU ARE AN IRONMAN
Amy Downs, YOU ARE AN IRONMAN

Amy’s website: AmyDowns.org

Amy’s book: Hope is a Verb: My Journey of Impossible Transformation

Amy’s TEDx talk: How Hope Can Change Your Life

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