Disabled man found days after East Texas tornadoes

Emory, Texas (Longview News-Journal) - Local Civil Air Patrol airmen were on foot patrol Tuesday in tornado-ravaged Van Zandt County when they discovered a disabled man trapped in a home on a dirt road where he had survived without electricity since Saturday's storms.

The Gregg County Composite Squadron, which operates out of Longview, answered a call to help with damage assessment after multiple tornadoes swept through the area Saturday, killing four people.

Squadron leader Sgt. David Applewhite said four patrols from Longview joined a Denton squadron to provide aerial assessment as recovery crews sought additional victims and scoured the rural areas for damage.

The dozen or so Gregg squadron members also had fanned out on foot onto remote county roads.

"We did (that Tuesday) on a small rural dirt road around the Emory area," Applewhite said. "We noticed a lot of tree damage, a lot of trees down along the road."

Applewhite said he "glanced up" and thought he saw a building obscured by woods.

"So, we went down there to check on it," he said. "And, sure enough, a mobile home was there and a man with disabilities had been without electricity."

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