Rebecca <I>Needham</I> Anderson

Rebecca Needham Anderson

Birth
Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA
Death 23 Apr 1995 (aged 37)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA
Plot Section L, Lot 5-D, Space 1
Memorial ID 8935187 View Source

Disaster victim in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City Bombing of April 19, 1995. Rebecca Needham Anderson was a nurse living in Midwest City, Oklahoma. When she saw the coverage of the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building on TV, she immediately went to help, thinking mainly of the children who were in the building's nursery. When she arrived at the bombing site, she immediately began digging through the rubble, pulling out victim after victim feverishly and fervently, taking them out of the ruins of the building and going back in after more victims repeatedly. While she was digging, a chunk of debris fell from the jagged edge of the hole in the building and struck her directly in the back of the head. She staggered out and told her fellow rescuers that she had been struck, but refused to sit down and rest, for she was determined to rescue more victims. She staggered back into the ruins, only to collapse from a sudden seizure. She was carried out by a fellow rescuer and taken to the hospital. She regained consciousness twice, and during the second time, she told her husband that she couldn't remember what happened. She then fell unconscious again and never woke up again. She was pronounced dead on April 23, 1995. Although not killed in the actual blast, she was tallied as the 168th and final victim of the bombing. She received many awards of heroism posthumously. A Time Life Special Edition of the bombing dubbed her the "Fallen Angel of Mercy."
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Rebecca's mothers name is Doris Rogene Guilliams Born 1935
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Nurse Remains Saver of Life, Even in Death

In life, nurse Rebecca Anderson gave from her soul to those in need. In death, she gave her heart. The heart of the volunteer rescue worker who died after Wednesday's explosion at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was transplanted into another Oklahoma resident.

The recipient, William Wilcoxon, 55, of Duncan, was working at a Louisiana casino when notified of the heart's availability.

She was not injured in the blast, only after she went downtown to help as a licensed practical nurse. On Monday, her husband, Fred Anderson, received a report from an apparent eyewitness that a piece of concrete had fallen on her head inside the Murrah building. The witness told a reporter he could not confirm the account, saying he did not see her injury, but heard about it from others. The blow to her head was not evident until she collapsed outside the building sometime later.

SOURCE: Oklahoman Archive; Oklahoma City, OK April 25, 1995, p 9
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