TMS Honors West And Okla. Survivors

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – It was a day at the races for three people, who during two recent tragedies, raced to help and protect others.

Three heroes were honored at the Firestone 550 race at Texas Motor Speedway. Teachers Jennifer Simonds and Sam Canaday shielded ten kindergartners at Plaza Towers Elementary School during an F5 tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma.

“I just laid on them because I’ve lived the majority of my life. They are 5 and 6 years old. They haven’t lived their life. I just wanted to protect them,” Simonds said.

C.J. Gillespie, Captain of the West Volunteer Firefighter was a first responder at a chemical plant explosion in West that killed 15 firefighters.

He was lost his home in the explosion.

The three were invited to Texas Motor Speedway for the heroism they displayed during those two tragic events.

But they don’t…

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