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Members of Washington parish train to be disaster responders

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Members of LERT respond to disasters across the country, including at the Washburn tornado earlier this year. Members of LERT respond to disasters across the country, including at the Washburn tornado earlier this year.
WASHINGTON, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

A parish in Washington remembered the 2013 tornado Saturday by equipping their congregation to respond to future disasters.

At Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Washington, they're training to become 'LERT' members, short for Lutheran Emergency Response Team. The team members become coordinators and assistants to local police, fire and emergency personnel who may need volunteer help in emergency responses. 

It's especially pertinent for Pastor Thomas Heren, due to the fact that his parish was damaged by the tornado almost four years ago.

"This plays very close to our hearts here in Washington," said Rev. Heren. "We had many, many volunteers come and help us, and we would like to do the same for others that are affected."

Members of LERT were present at the Washburn tornado recovery efforts earlier this year. After training, they'll receive credentials nationally recognized for emergency disaster relief. 

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