A Stanton County, NE couple tells their story after a tornado approached their in-home daycare
Before the storm
After the storm
STANTON, NE (KTIV/US92) -
"I am not a hero, I just love those kids. I have them at school, and then I have them during the summer, and they have had a rough life and I would do anything for any child, but especially them," Amy Kremlacek, Stanton daycare owner said.
But Amy Kremlacek and her husband Troy are considered heroes in their town of Stanton, Nebraska after risking their lives to save four young children. The two own a daycare center inside their home for foster kids inside northeast Nebraska.
As Monday's storms drew near their home, they took immediate action.
"Me and Amy went downstairs and a few minutes after we got downstairs and we had the kids settled down. Then I could here some roaring start," Troy Kremlacek, Amy's Husband said.
The roar the Kremlacek's heard was that of a tornado heading right for their home. The two shielded the kids as their house took a direct hit with the house falling on top of them.
"In Pilger, there was a lot of houses that just looked like they got lifted and gone. This just looked like somebody just crumpled it all in on itself," Laura Forker said.
Laura Forker had two of the four children in the Kremlacek's daycare and said when she got to the house, she frantically started to dig them out.
"I'm running in my flip flops through the mud, if you can imagine me leaping over logs. Then I saw the ambulance coming behind me so I started launching the logs and branches out of the way," Forker said.
Both Amy and Troy Kremlacek suffered injuries in the incident but because of their swift thinking, helped save their four daycare kids from suffering serious injury. Forker says she and her are thankful for that.
"When we were in the hospital all they can think about was seeing her. They wanted to go to her room and make sure she was ok, which I thought was really sweet," Forker said.
Amy Kremlacek is suffering from Crush Syndrome in her ankles.
Her husband Troy suffered a concussion.
Both are expected to leave the hospital later this week.
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