Chicago man killed in Texas explosion honored

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A memorial service was held Thursday for a Marist High School graduate and 13 other people who were killed in an explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas.

President and Mrs. Obama will attend the ceremony at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

33 year-old Kevin Sanders was one of ten first responders who died in that blast.

He graduated from Marist High School in Chicago in 1997.

Texas Memorial

He was also a former resident of Palos Hills and Plainfield.

He served under Plainfield’s emergency management agency for about five years, where he assisted police with events and traffic control. He moved to Texas several years ago, and he later became a volunteer for the Bruceville-Eddy Fire Department.

He was in the middle of an an EMT class at the time of the blasts, and quickly rushed to the scene.

His remains will be brought back to the Chicago area, and arrangements are now underway for an honor transport. He leaves behind a wife and an infant son.

Workers who have been sifting through debris at the scene around-the-clock will be relieved in order to attend Thursday’s services.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this report.

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