Moments after a massive explosion rocked West, first responders from around the region rushed to the scene. Following right behind were hundreds of area Red Cross volunteers, stepping in to lend ground support.
Bob Stephens, a retired 27-year Air Force veteran, was one of the many who showed up to help.
"I'm glad to be here," he said. "This is probably my 7th disaster relief operation where I've been involved to the extent that I am, and just trying to do what I can to keep the ball rolling."
Stephens is just one of many Central Texas Red Cross volunteers ready to jump into action with a moments notice.
Fred Sanford, an Austin resident and ex-banker has been volunteering for seven years. Last week, he was in West. This week, Sanford was going through hurricane emergency preparedness.
"This was a spontaneous calamity for them," he said. "With no preparation on their part, the devastation was that much magnified."
George Halliday, a San Antonio Army veteran, has given support during several hurricanes. He said the Red Cross is a perfect fit for his experience.
"Having been in the military previously, there's a sense of camaraderie and team work," he said, "and everyone really working together to get the job done for a larger cause."
The work these volunteers are called to do isn't glamorous, and can often be very stressful.
For Stephens, he said it's not about how stressful things can be for them, but how much comfort they can bring to others in their time of need.
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