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Oklahoma City Thunder visits affected Moore, southwest Oklahoma City areas

Thunder Coach Scott Brooks, General Manager Sam Presti and players Russell Westbrook, Daniel Orton, Hasheem Thabeet and Thabo Sefolosha visited with tornado victims and first responders Wednesday morning in Moore and southwest Oklahoma City.
BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN Staff Writer lmanwarren@opubco.com Published: May 22, 2013

/articleid/3833258/1/pictures/2104445">Photo - Oklahoma City Thunder's Hasheem Thabeet looks at damage on SW 146th street in Oklahoma City, Wednesday May 22, 2013. Members of the Oklahoma City Thunder and family members took a tour of the area hit by a tornado on Monday afternoon. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City Thunder's Hasheem Thabeet looks at damage on SW 146th street in Oklahoma City, Wednesday May 22, 2013. Members of the Oklahoma City Thunder and family members took a tour of the area hit by a tornado on Monday afternoon. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

The Thunder group also visited with first responders at a command post in the Moore Fire Station, 2400 S Fritts Blvd. Officials took out their cellphones and started taking pictures while the players checked out operations.

“It's great. It really helps the attitude, seeing these guys,” Moore Fire Chief Gary Bird said. “The Thunder is a great support for the city and a great support for this state. They're the state's team. The attitude, so far, has been very good. People are getting tired but we are getting a lot of support from our city, from the neighboring cities and even agencies from across the state and the country.”

Ryan Paterson had lived in his house for 12 years and drove away from the tornado when he saw on TV that it was heading his way.

“The support from the community has been phenomenal; the outpouring, the outreach, people coming by with food and water and stuff, and just the encouragement. It does volumes for people that are struggling like this,” Paterson told Presti.


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