‘Thank you God that I’m still here to remember this day,’ – Tricia Gilles | We thank God for that.” – Darrell Gilles
March 2, 2012, is a day that will never be forgotten in Henryville history.
An EF-4 tornado ripped through the town and destroyed nearly everything in its path.
11 people were killed, and countless others were injured.
Darrell, his wife Tricia and their 3 kids were inside their home on Spieth Road when the tornado came barreling through.
It ripped their home from its foundation with them inside.
Their injuries were brutal.
A broken back, crushed sternum, head trauma and many other injuries hospitalized all 5 of the Gilles for weeks.
Since then, all 5 have recovered, and their home was rebuilt.
It stands firm on the same property where their last home was destroyed in 2012.
Though it’s been 8 years, they remember it vividly.
Others have similar stories of barely surviving.
Many recall the massive twister.
It was one of the deadliest tornadoes the area has seen, and the anniversary of the devastation always brings many emotions.
“I’m thankful on this day where you take in like ‘Thank you God that I’m still here to remember this day,'”
– Tricia Gilles
“We know every day that we’re blessed. We thank God for that.”
– Darrell Gilles
Henryville residents remember devastating tornado, 8 years later:
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