Donald Adair, lifelong resident of the
community of West, Texas and owner of Adair Grain Inc., today issued the
This has been a terrible week for everyone in West, Texas and I
want to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt sympathy for those
affected and my appreciation for those who responded.
As a lifelong resident, my heart is broken with grief for the
tragic losses to so many families in our community. I know that everyone has been
deeply affected by this incident. Loved ones have been injured or killed. Homes
have been damaged or destroyed. Our hearts go out to everyone who has suffered.
The selfless sacrifice of first responders who died trying to
protect all of us is something I will never get over. I was devastated to learn
that we lost one of our employees in the explosion. He bravely responded to the
fire at the facility as a volunteer firefighter. I will never forget his
bravery and his sacrifice, or that of his colleagues who rushed to the trouble.
This tragedy will continue to hurt deeply for generations to come.
My family and I can't express enough our deep appreciation for the
loving service and selfless sacrifice from within and around our community
responding to the urgent needs of those affected. I am proud to be associated
with West Church of Christ, which has opened its doors to the State of Texas to
provide grief counseling services. My family and I will continue to assist in
relief efforts through our church family.
The genuine kindness we have witnessed will be the hallmark for
all of our children's children.
Going forward, the owners and employees of Adair Grain and West
Fertilizer Co. are working closely with investigating agencies. We are
presenting all employees for interviews and will assist in the fact finding to
whatever degree possible. We pledge to do everything we can to understand what
happened to ensure nothing like this ever happens again in any community.
While the investigation continues, and out of respect for the
investigative process, we will limit our comments during the weeks and months