Before and after: Oklahoma bank vault saves 24 lives during tornado

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Tinker Federal Credit Union, Moore branch via Facebook.

(WTVR) — Numerous accounts continue to emerge from the rubble of a suburb leveled in Monday’s F-5 tornado.

Tinker Federal Credit Union (TFCU) posted this photo, shared with us by a CBS 6 viewer, that captures just how desperately the residents of Moore, Okla. needed good shelter in the fierce tornado that bore down on the suburbs.

“This is the vault where 14 TFCU employees and eight members rode out yesterday’s tornado in Moore and emerged safely afterward,” read the Facebook caption.

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Tinker Federal Credit Union, Moore branch via Facebook.

“I was one of the members in the vault yesterday,” Dena Clark wrote on the bank’s Facebook page. “You all should be so proud of your employees! Everyone, especially Jan the branch manager, acted so heroically to keep everyone safe. I am so thankful! Our family loves TFCU!”

“Omg, we were just there and left right before it hit,” Chad Rayburn wrote on the bank’s Facebook page. “The police officer working there said it would be on top of us soon and he was sure right. Wow!”

As you can see, only the vault remained intact, thought it did show damage from the winds, which moved quickly through the area–200 m.p.h. at points–outside Oklahoma City.

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