Transcript of Florence Rogers, Survivor of Oklahoma City Bombing

Transcript of Florence Rogers, Survivor of Oklahoma City Bombing

I had just turned around in my chair and kind of reared back and was getting ready to discuss the next item that I had mentioned when the bomb went off. It had to be longer but it felt like seconds. All the girls that were in the office with me disappeared. I thought they had ran out and left me alone. I started hollering, “Where are you guys? Where are you guys?”

My first thought was it probably had to be a gas explosion of some kind. And then later on they started saying bomb. And that was pretty shocking.

I’m asked a lot, were you angry? Did you get mad? And my answer has always been I did not let myself get angry because that would have only hurt Florence if I got angry.

It caused a lot of changes in my life. I retired early, earlier than I had anticipated. It’s never gone away. Those 18 that I lost had worked for me 128 years total tenure. They were like my daughters, some of them. Some of them had worked for me decades. And it hurts to see their families and to know that here I am having great grand babies and those families won’t ever have that opportunity. So it did change my life a lot.