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Okla. City chaplain still comforted by Psalm 139

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Joe Williams is familiar in his innermost being with the terms Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Compassion Fatigue. He had to deal with images of death and destruction on an intimately personal level in order to help others with tragedies such as the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995.

1995 bombing made them grapple with forgiveness

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Although Oklahoma City police chaplains Jack and Phyllis Poe weren't inside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building when a truck bomb exploded at 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, the aftereffects of the tragedy pushed them to grapple with forgiveness. "One of the things we really didn't understand is, as caregivers, we want to make a difference, but we didn't realize that you can give yourselves away. And, Phyllis and I gave ourselves away," Poe said, reminiscing about the tragedy as its 20th anniversary approached.