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Nebraska Task Force One returns from Oklahoma

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By: Cole Miller
cmiller@klkntv.com

Lincoln's own urban search and rescue team is back home Thursday night after spending more than two days in Moore, Oklahoma. The town was destroyed by and EF-5 tornado Monday afternoon. 

Off of the bus and into the arms of loved ones, members of Nebraska Task Force One return home from Moore.

"I don't think unless you were there, that you could actually put it into words," task force member Dave Steward said. "Most of it was just flattened."

The images and memories take an emotional toll on the team.

"You're going through watching people's lives laying out on the sidewalk, in the fields, in the parks," task force member Patrick Prochnow said. "Everything they had in their home is gone."

Led by Battalion Chief Eric Jones, the 82 firefighters, doctors and engineers were on location in less than 12 hours and had a single objective.

"We're looking for survivors, we're a search and rescue team," Jones said. "That's what we do. That's our mission and it was throughout the incident."

Jones says they encountered many hazards, including downed power lines and gas leaks. They were also some of the first on the scene at Moore Medical Center.

It was tough job and the team is happy to be home.

"It's been a long trip. The guys, they really worked hard," Jones said.

Reunited with their families, their hearts go out to the families still picking up the pieces.

"We don't want to have any impact on the community other than a positive one and these guys absolutely and totally did that," Jones said of his team.

There are only 28 teams like Nebraska Task Force One in the country. Jones says they use this experience everyday, on a much smaller scale obviously, here in Lincoln.

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