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25 News EXCLUSIVE: Peoria native in Hawaii recounts missile scare ordeal

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Breaux is originally from Peoria, but now lives in Hawaii with his family. Breaux is originally from Peoria, but now lives in Hawaii with his family.
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Saturday morning's ballistic missile scare in Hawaii had far-reaching impact, even right back here to Central Illinois.

Richie Breaux, originally from Peoria - a graduate of Woodruff High - is living in Hawaii and spoke exclusively with 25 News Saturday afternoon.

Below is a transcribed recounting of his experience during the 38 minutes he and his family endured, fearing a missile strike that never came.

"I saw a text message alert that came through that uh, there is a missile headed to our island and take cover immediately. This is not a drill. So I think the first ten seconds I think I panicked a little bit, like...'wow, is this really happening?'"

"Immediately just woke up my wife to kind of confirm is this like, a real text? Did she get the same thing? And she looked at her phone and had the same thing on her phone, so both of us are kind of in a state of, 'what should we do?'"

"The first thing we did was pray for peace, and woke up the kids and I think our initial thinking was get to our warehouse. That was the only thing we could think of to do. It wasn't - I mean really, what could you do? There's not too many bunkers here on the island under ground. We haven't really been educated on Hawaii on what to do in this situation, so it was more of a reaction."

"So people are coming out of their houses, asking the question, 'Did you get this message?' So, people were definitely outside looking like, is this really happening, is this real? How do we know?"

"It took me and my family about 18-22 minutes to get to the warehouse. I think initially when we got in we just started texting everyone we love to just kind of keep us in prayers."

"It took 38 minutes before we got the next message that actually let us know that we could rest- rest our minds, our hearts and be at peace."

"We learned a lot. And even though it was a mistake of some sort, I actually appreciated the wake-up call. It was the best cup of coffee I ever had."

~Richie Breaux

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