Monday's devastating tornado near Moore, Okla. demolished an area as big as 2 miles wide and 22 miles long, and the latest news reports estimate that 24 people are confirmed dead, nine of those children. In the path of destruction were two elementary schools, Plaza Towers and Briarwood elementaries. While heartbreaking details are emerging of rescue crews and residents looking for causalities among the rubble, there have also been touching stories of those who managed to escape unharmed, including many students at those schools.
Trenda Purcell was among the parents searching for their children after the tornadoes. A journalist from The Oklahoman caught her tearful reunion on camera as she finally spotted her son, Kamden Purcell, who was a 1st-grade student at Briarwood Elementary. In the video you can see Trenda Purcell reaching down and grabbing her son to pull him close to her. She then hugged the teacher who was sitting with him, who told the lucky mom, "He was so brave."