Workers Cope With Emotional Scars

By: Brittany Gunter Email
By: Brittany Gunter Email

Even those who made it out of the International Nutrition building collapse without serious injuries still face deep emotional scars.

Sarah White finally got to hug her husband, Jamar White, after anxious hours on Monday. She waited outside after he had alerted her to the collapse with a phone call.

Sarah told us, “He said ‘I'm okay but the building blew up.’ And he said the he ran and he could feel the fire on his back."

Normally Jamar would have been working on the third floor but he just happened to go outside right before the collapse and explosion.

He said, “I'm just happy to be here."

A day later, the reality of this terrible tragedy set in. He told us he’s very sad to have lost two of his co-workers and friends, David Ball and Keith Everett.

“I actually talked to Keith about 15 minutes before it happened about the football game. About the Denver Broncos winning the AFC championship.”

It’s hard for him to believe that his friends are gone.

"They are both real good guys and it's real sad for that to happen. When all you try to do go to work and get your money and take care of your family and just do what you’re supposed to do in life and for something like this to happen, it's just ridiculous. It's just real sad."

Jamar says this experience has changed him.

“Every time we go to work or do anything it’s always going to be playing back in my mind about what happened. I'm just trying do what I can and take it day by day and make sure that I'm okay."

For now, he's just happy to be home with his family.

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