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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.

Today Allegiance, now a community charter, has made a remarkable recovery with 70 employees – four branches as compared to one facility in 1995 – and 21,000 members. In 1995 it had $73 million in assets and 14,500 members.
terrorism oklahoma city bombing 20 years later“We have six survivors that still work with us and so we’re very proud we’ve made contributions to the Second Decade Fund,” declared Lynette Leonard, president/CEO of Allegiance making reference to a $10,000 contribution the CU gave to a citywide $15 million drive to help maintain the museum and the memorial “chair” exhibit on the Murrah site. Allegiance is also picking up the registration tab to sponsor runners and walkers for the April 24 Oklahoma City Memorial 5K Marathon with scores of employees at other Oklahoma City CUs slated to join the Allegiance staff.

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