EMT on Her Way to Texas Church Shooting Describes Moment She Realized Her Family Was Inside

Torie McCallum
Credit: KSAT

A Texas emergency medical technician was responding to a shooting when she quickly realized she was en route to her family’s church, the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.

Wilson County first responder Torie McCallum recalled the gut-wrenching moment she learned her loved ones were inside the same sanctuary where a gunman killed at least 25 people and one unborn child during a Sunday morning service.

“I turn on my E-Dispatch on my phone to listen to the page and realized it was the church in Sutherland Springs and my heart immediately sank,” McCallum, 30, told local news outlet KSAT-TV. “I made it to the scene to see if I could see who was flown out and who was taken, if they had a list.”

Inside the church were McCallum’s pregnant sister-in-law Crystal Holcombe and three generations of the Holcombe family: Crystal’s husband, John, and their young children, Evelyn, Greg, 13, Emily, 11, and Megan, 9, as well as his parents Bryan, 60, and Karla, 58, his brother Marc, 36, and 17-month-old niece Noah. (Crystal had been married to McCallum’s brother before he died in 2011.)

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Karen Mizoguchi