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'It's bad; it's real bad'

By Randy Ellis

April 20, 1995

As a member of an American Red Cross Disaster Action Team, Craig Bishop is trained to quickly respond to disasters.

Wednesday afternoon, however, Bishop was wishing he had been a little less prompt in responding to the bomb blast that blew the north half off the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building - killing scores of people.

"It's bad. It's real bad," Bishop said, fighting back tears.

"We're not going to be as fortunate as the World Trade Center. " Bishop said he wasn't far from the Murrah building when the bomb went off. Within 20 minutes, he was on the scene.

"There were kids' toys scattered all around and unidentifiable pieces of tissue (body parts)," Bishop said. "They were treating people on the sidewalks and on the grass. Already they were stacking bodies. "

Workers with "bio bags" were picking up body parts, he said.

"I heard moaning, but I don't know if it was coming from survivors or people under stress trying to clear away the rubble," he said.

"They may not ever find some of the people - it's that torn up," he said.

Bishop discussed the scene of devastation about four hours later, while standing in a makeshift triage center waiting for more injured people to arrive.

Later, emergency workers came by and picked up about 30 doctors and nurses to take them closer to the scene. Bishop stayed behind.

"I've seen enough of it. I'll do 1 my job from here," he said.


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