Tornado hits close to home

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Police > LAPD officer’s mom lives near Moore, Okla.

By John Severance

The Oklahoma tornadoes earlier this week hit way too close to home for Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. Patrick Massara.
Massara’s mother, Candace Jenkins, lives just a mile and a half from Moore, Okla., which was devastated by the powerful twister that killed 24 people and leveled an elementary school and hundreds of homes.
“Mom is OK,” Massara said. “She got lucky. She is retired from the Air Force base that is located near Moore. She never left the house all day. But the following day, she went to check on friends and she said it was absolute devastation.”
The tornado missed Jenkins’ house and Massara was asked if his mother heard anything.
“She just heard the warning sirens,” Massara said.
Massara said his mother grew up in Los Alamos.
“She was raised here and she was a Hilltopper,” Massara said.
Massara, meanwhile, was working the 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. shift Monday and did not know what was going on until the late afternoon.
During a break, Massara watched the news coverage.
“A member of the family got a hold of her around 4 p.m., Massara said. “I ended up talking to her later.”

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