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Two Farrell tornado victims recall being saved

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FARRELL, Pa. - The May 1985 tornadoes claimed many local lives, but the lives of two young Mercer county children were spared that day, thanks to the heroism of a Farrell man.

Keith Scott and Christa Warrender share a special bond because they survived the Wheatland tornado back in 1985 thanks to the sacrifice made by Stanley David Kostka. Kostka used his body to shield Keith and Christa from the tornado that hit the Wheatland baseball fields. 

"He's my angel.  He was Christa's angel," Scott said. "He snatched me and Christa out put us in a ditch, covered us with his self. Next thing I remember we were being taken to the hospital. They found us laying in the ditch, I guess I had her leg clutched to my chest."

Scott was credited with holding onto Warrender after Kostka was carried away by the tornado.

A memorial to Kostka's heroism stands today along Roemer Blvd. The two survivors have never really talked publicly about that day until now.

Scott is asking Farrell city council for another memorial of some sort to be made at Farrell's new recreation complex. A local committee is raising funds for that new memorial.

"That way it will be at the ball field where all the players can see it, and it will still be at its present location where the children walking back and forth to school can also see it all year long," said Kenneth Warrender.

One council member suggested naming the recreation complex after Kostka, a move that would make Scott very happy since he coaches baseball there. He would like generations to come to remember what one man sacrificed to save the lives of others.
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