Living through the June 1st tornado was an experience impossible to forget.
As you look at the Island Pond Road area of Springfield’s East Forest Park on this June 1st, you can only tell by the lack of trees that this neighborhood suffered immense damage.
Amanda Street homeowner George Malone will never forget that afternoon, “I was in the basement watching TV and Brian Lapis said the tornado just hit the ground and it sounded like a train coming right through the driveway. The window’s started blowing in and before you know it, it was all over.”
“My son was in the front of the house, he came running in, told me to get down in the cellar, I had a big tree in front of my house which fell on his girlfriend’s car,” said Reva Glushien of Springfield.
In West Springfield, people vividly remember an act of heroism when the twister ripped through the Merrick section of town.
As her home was collapsing from the force of the terrible storm, Anjelica Guerrerro died while shielding her 15-year-old daughter from the collapsing roof of their home. Her courage would later be recognized by the Western Massachusetts Red Cross in the form of a posthumous Hometown Hero award.
The Tornado of June 1st, 2011 will likely never be forgotten.