Raycom’s CBS affiliate KFVS-TV Cape Girardeau, Mo., Chief Meteorologist Grant Dade was honored on February 16 when the Missouri State Legislature adopted a special resolution honoring Dade for saving lives during a tornado on February 28, 2017. The EF4 tornado was more than a half mile wide and stayed on the ground for 50 miles, killing one person, destroying 40 homes and heavily damaging more than 100 more. Missouri State Representative Rick Francis presented Dade with a plaque at the site of homes that were destroyed. Grant met and spoke with some viewers. Comments include:
“…Your pinpoint accuracy of the devastating storm that hit Perry County saved lives. Families have told us your broadcast gave them the warning and time needed to seek shelter. Well done!” --Ken Baer, Perryville Mayor
“…the early warnings and predictions no doubt saved many lives! As a public servant, I greatly appreciate your dedication to saving lives and taking your profession serious!! Because of your excellent coverage my department was better able to protect our community follow the coverage.” --Chief James Humphreys, Jackson Police Department
“KFVS, you possibly saved my 15 year old son’s life.” ---Amy Hager, Perryville
“Our City Clerk has credited your team with saving the lives of her family members. Your coverage has been wonderful and you have helped us get the word out with everything from donations to volunteers.” --Brent Buerck, Perryville City Administrator
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