Uplifted: Remembering The Lives Lost in West Springfield
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The sadness of the destruction caused by the tornado was amplified when it was learned that the storm also claimed three lives, two of them from West Springfield.
“911, this line is recorded, what’s your emergency.”
“A tornado just blew through here on Union Street…685…”
The tornado intensified as it moved from Westfield into West Springfield, causing heavy damage to buildings and homes, and in some cases causing them to completely collapse.
911 Call: “There’s two houses down on the corner of Jordan street. There’s people trapped…please…George, Union and Sprague Street right between the two.”
One of those homes belonged to the Gerrero family, and trapped inside was 40-year-old Agelique and her 15-year-old daughter.
“We instinctively tried to get inside and find them, make the best of it and pray they were alive.”
But as friends and neighbors tried to get to them, it was too late.
Angelique had sacrificed her life by laying on top of her daughter in the bathtub as the two floors above them came down.
Neighbors said she gave her life to save her daughter. “She made the greatest sacrifice and she’s an angel for sure.”
A block away on Main Street, another life was lost too soon.
911 Call: “You better get an ambulance down here. The jaws of life and everything else and everything else. A big tree just came down and crushed a car.”
23-year-old Sergey Livchin died when a tree fell onto his car.
“I couldn’t believe it. I was so in shock. I was so scared. Finally finding out that my cousin was dead. It was just shocking,” said cousin Olga Cherenova.