Sheridan County firefighters face the danger of tornadoes head-on; 1 rushes in when Selden’s siren fails

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SELDEN, Kan. (KSNW) – Sheridan County Fire Training Chief Steve Hirsch is no stranger to the aftermath of a tornado. Back in 2007, he helped with the response to the deadly Greensburg tornado.

“Our state association does training for fire departments across the state, and we actually happened to be in Lakin that night,” he said. “So we drove over to Greensburg, got there about midnight. And you know, just complete utter devastation over there.”

When he responded Monday night to the aftermath of the tornado in Selden, he was prepared for the worst.

“From what I was hearing on radio traffic, I would not have been surprised to pull into this community and see a Greensburg type incident.”

One of his own men had a close call while warning residents after sirens failed to sound.

“I had the tornado come across the front of my truck, and it blew out my side windows, my back windows, and I had a power line brush across the back of my neck,” said Capt. Micah Goscha, Sheridan County Fire Department.

He came out with just a few scratches.

While the chief said the community support was similar to the Greensburg storm, this one hit closer to home. As for the town’s future, he added.

“This community is going to come back. It will be as strong as it was before. No doubt.”

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