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Gaslight illuminates Tuscaloosa's darkest moment

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  Out of what may have been Tuscaloosa's darkest moment comes light for the city.

  Alagasco is sponsoring a flame burning lamb to signal Tuscaloosa is building back from the April 27, 2011 tornado....stronger, safer and smarter.   "For one it shows the durability of people as they grow difficulties," says Thomas Wilder, manager of Alagasco's programs assistance.

  The lantern was placed at Tuscaloosa's Jaycee's Park in Alberta for a reason... because an area built to hold community gatherings in the park was the first public project completed after the 2011 tornado. "We had so many people to come in and assist. By putting a light there, it will shine forever and folks have an opportunity to come by and see this," says resident Yvonne Wells.

   The flame  will illuminate so much.

    Just across the street from the park is where fire station #4 sat before it took a direct hit from the storm. Many of the first responders at the lighting ceremony were inside the fire station when the Tornado struck.  That's why a plaque below the torch honors them as well.  Chief Alan Martin says, "They went from being victims to responders in just a matter of minutes. It's symbol of the firefighters who are still here. They'll be having a new fire station built shortly. And they're not going in where, they'll be here just like this flame will."

   As part of its Light the Way program, Alagasco plans to also place similar lanterns in Anniston, Selma and Montgomery.

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