Terror-Victim Allegiance CU Makes April 19 Memorial Plans
OKLAHOMA CITY - The memories for staffers at Allegiance Credit Union, the old Federal Employees CU, are still painful 10 years after the April 19 bomb blast at the Murrah Federal Building, but Allegiance management now prides itself on its leadership role for the series of city events at the Murrah memorial bomb site this month.
"Look, after what everybody in the credit union community has done for us, we feel we have something to give back now," said Florence Rogers, the retired CEO of Allegiance who has long relived the horrendous tale of being the only survivor of a management staff meeting at the time of the terror explosion on April 19, 1995. The $140 million Oklahoma City CU, which made its headquarters in the Murrah Building, lost 18 of its 33 staffers, and two volunteers and 15 employees were injured. One-hundred and twenty-five of its members were also killed.
"How can I ever forget what credit unions across the country and in Oklahoma did for us during those difficult times. I even remember Fort Knox Credit Union in Kentucky flying in several planeloads of employees to keep us going," recalled Rogers, now 69 who after April 19 will retire as a trustee of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation. Rogers said she is still undecided whether she will stay on as head of the Foundation's Conscience Committee which assists survivors and family members. But serving on the committee is Amy Petty, a FECU survivor and former loan officer, who is now a vice-president of operations at Allegiance.
"One of my roles is to try to get support and commitment from survivors for the Memorial Fund so we have the money to run a quality museum," explained Petty who was trapped for six and a half hours in the rubble before being rescued. She later spent eight days in a hospital. Petty's story is one of those on the Web site and in it she tells of the sensation of "being thrown and the sudden blackness."