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Thousands attended West memorial for first responders

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President Obama, one of the nearly 10,000 people who packed the Ferrell Center to pay tribute to a small town and its lost heroes. 

Hundreds started to line up early to pay their respects to the heroes. The setting inside the Ferrell Center was emotional on Thursday, and that memorial service will be something people will never forget.

It was the last call for the fallen firefighters.

"First responders know more than anyone, there's no such thing as a routine," said Governor Rick Perry.

Family, friends and firefighters around the country gathered to remember the hero's.

"We're Americans, too, and we stand with you, and we do not forget. And we'll be there even after the cameras leave and after the attention turns elsewhere," said President Obama. "Your country will remain ever ready to help you recover and rebuild and reclaim your community."

The people of West will never forget that fatal night on April 17th, and will always remember the first responders.

"Ask almighty God to give comfort to grieving--never forget courage and resolve," said Senator John Cornyn.

Family members of the victims gave emotional eulogies about their lost loved ones. The president said it's not only the brave people they lost, but the spirit of those who remain who will make West stronger.

"What makes West special, what puts it on the map, is what makes it familiar: people who live there. The neighbors you can count on," said President Obama. "America needs towns like West, and that's what makes this country great."

In the next coming week, the first responders will finally be laid to rest.

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