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President Obama Consoles Families, Survivors of Texas Blast

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President Obama is consoling families of victims of a fertilizer plant explosion and residents of the devastated Texas town where the blast happened last week.
Obama attended a memorial service at Baylor University in Waco for victims of the explosion in nearby West, Texas. Obama traveled to the service by helicopter after attending the dedication of former President George W. Bush's new library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Obama flew over the town to see the destruction.

The April 17 explosion left 14 people dead and hundreds injured. The tragedy was eclipsed by the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and the manhunt that ensued.
For Obama, such services have become a sad and familiar event. He attended a memorial in Boston last week.

Meanwhile, a group of 200 wives and girlfriends of firefighters from the around the country have created a t-shirt campaign to help those affected by the deadly blast. Kelley Golden of Sparks is one of those women helping with the campaign. Her fiance is a captain with the Sierra Army Depot Fire Department.

"Our group really wanted it to be an effort from all fire wives," says Golden. "It has been positively incredible to watch firefighter wives from across the country come together to support this effort."

Teespring is a crowdfunded site offering screen printed t-shirts and other products. In addition to the t-shirt, a hoodie sweatshirt is also offered with a Maltese cross on the front with a heart in the center and the saying 'Keep Calm and be FireWife Strong' on the back. T-shirts are selling for $16 and a minimum of $8 will be donated to the West, Texas Volunteer Fire Department to use at their discretion.

Hoodies are $28 and almost $7 of each will be donated.

Another way the fundraiser reaches out to the wives of the West, Texas fire department is by allowing the public to buy a t-shirt and have it delivered to a West, Texas firefighter wife to remind them how strong they are.

To order a t-shirt, go to

The fire department lost three fire trucks and even more equipment in the deadly blast.

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