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Terry Nichols Local Tie In

Although the tragedy happened almost nine years ago, a man who now works at Tallahassee Community College remembers it as it were yesterday.

Many of us remember the images from the Oklahoma City bombing that killed more than 160 people. On the morning of April 19, 1995, now TCC VP of Administrative Services, Glendon Forgey, was sitting just 100 yards away from the Murrah Federal Building.

“My office faced the Murrah Building and I had my back to the window facing my colleague,” he says.

Seconds later the bomb went off, Forgey says he flew from 10-15 feet in the air. You can see his maroon chair and office torn to shreds.

“My ears were still ringing, just hard to describe, to be just blown into another room. It’s like a horse kicking you,” Glendon says.

Some of the workers in his building didn't make it out building alive.

“We had to go out a different route because some of the stairwells were caved in.”

He says he was still unaware of what caused the blast as he stood outside in a sea of smoke.

“At that point I took my shirt off because it was just soaked in blood.”

With lacerations on his shoulder and back, he learned about the bombing at the hospital, and to this day he holds the same feelings. Forgey says he hasn't followed the trials of McVeigh or Nichols. Instead, he remains focused on the future.


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