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BY DIANA BALDWIN Published: February 15, 2009
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/articleid/3346037/1/pictures/542163">Photo - Jessica Daniels, left, and her 17-month-old daughter, Reese, sit with Julie LeBlanc and her children — 1-year-old Brinklee and 3-year-old Drake — in the safe room of LeBlanc’s Oak Tree home in Edmond.  Photo BY  STEVE GOOCH,  THE OKLAHOMAN
Jessica Daniels, left, and her 17-month-old daughter, Reese, sit with Julie LeBlanc and her children — 1-year-old Brinklee and 3-year-old Drake — in the safe room of LeBlanc’s Oak Tree home in Edmond. Photo BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN
The roads were covered with bricks and debris. I didn’t know how I was going to get out. It was shocking.”

The Edmond Police Department had Sgt. Jeff Richardson standing by just in case Daniels needed to go to the hospital.

LeBlanc said she kept giving Daniels water and tried to calm her down. LeBlanc had just arrived home with her four children, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, when the tornado hit, breaking windows, tearing down fences and destroying the landscaping.

"It was very scary,” LeBlanc said. "I just saw my neighbor’s home demolished.”

Richardson did what he could. "I just tried to help calm her down,” Richardson said. "I kept her company and made her as secure as possible.”

Fortunately, Daniels said, she didn’t need the sergeant’s help delivering her baby Tuesday night.

"It made me feel better that if I needed to get out, he was there,” she said. "It was very, very kind.”


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