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Survivor is My Name

On May 16, 1986, the little town of Cokeville, Wyoming, faces a life-changing event that rocked its peace and security as a man and his wife held hostage 154 children, teachers and visitors in the community's elementary school.

It began as a man and his wife held hostage 154 children, teachers and visitors in the community's elementary school. This story shocked the nation as a whole school was forced into a crowded classroom with a bomb as an armed man and his accomplice terrorized their captives for three hours. The bomb did detonate and fire; thick black smoke and toxic fumes filled the room. Although many were burned, some severely, only the perpetrators of this horrible incident died. One of the miracles that day was that not a single person held captive was lost. Others miracles were reported and some of those are recorded in this compilation.

This story shocked the nation as a whole school was forced into a crowded classroom with a bomb as well as an armed man and his accomplice who terrorized their captives for three hours. The bomb did detonate and fire, thick black smoke and toxi fumes filled the room. Although many were burned, some severely, only the perpetrators of this horrible incident died. One of the miracles that day was that not a single person was lost. Others miracles were reported and some of those are recorded in this compilation...." Description from the preface of "Witness to Miracles: Remembering the Cokeville Elementary School Bombing."

Survivor is My Name
Voices of the Cokeville Elementary School Bombing

Kliss Sparks
4th Grade Teacher

Carol Petersen
2nd Grade Teacher

Janel Dayton
1st Grade Teacher

Glenna Walker
Parent of Three Students and EMT

Kevin Walker
Parent of Three Students, Public Works Director and EMT

Rachel Walker Hollibaugh
3rd Grade Student

Kathy Davison
EMT and First Responder

Rich Haskell
Bomb Technician

Christina Cook
School Secretary

Ron Hartley
Father of Three Students and Lead Investigator

Ron Hartley
Father of Three and Lead Investigator, Part 2

Jamie Buckley King
Jamie Buckley King

Leakae Roberts Weston
An Absent Fourth Grade Student

Cokeville Elementary School Bombing
1986 - News Report Audio

Reporter Ken Rand Describes Cokeville Bombing Scene
Reporter Ken Rand, KMER Radio, Kemmerer, Wyoming describes the scene just moments after the bombing. Historic audio.