Tinker Branch Makes a Comeback: Year in Review
A killer tornado obliterated a Tinker Federal Credit Union branch in Moore, Okla., but its steel safe deposit vault encased in concrete saved the lives of Branch Manager Jan Davis, eight members and 14 employees.
That image, of the vault standing sentinel surrounded by debris, was one of the striking images that captured national media coverage after the May 20 storm.
For about three horrifying minutes, Davis, the employees and members were cramped in a safe deposit vault as the monstrous tornado was raging around them, destroying everything in its path.
“I was at the door and left it just a crack open so I could tell what was happening,” she described in May. “Once I heard the noise of the tornado—the cracks and the pops—I knew it was there and pulled the steel door shut. We heard very loud bangs and crashes, glass breaking, things hitting things. There was no doubt in anybody’s mind in that vault that the building was gone.”