Pella Community Rallies Around Vermeer
PELLA, Iowa -- Just days after a tornado ripped through Vermeer manufacturing, first responders and business owners describe the way the community came together. Pella Police Officer Joshua Boone was one of the first people to respond after the tornado hit. “As I was turning down Vermeer was when I saw the power lines start to arch and noticed the tornado had gone by. I pull up and the gas pipe had ruptured and there was a gas leak out by plant five and there was a very strong smell of natural gas. I had to back up because it was hard to breathe. Really it sounded like there was a jet engine on the roof, and I thought we were going to have some pretty significant injuries,” Boone said.