Archive Page - 12/1/12 39 years, 2,080 covers and 53,257 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- PEOPLE Editors Pick the Four Best Gowns of This Year's Cannes Film Festival
- Cool Down with Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos's Berry Pops!
- Fresh Prince Fans: This Might Be the Greatest Thing You'll See All Weekend
- What Super Sexy Game Did Diana DeGarmo & Ace Young Get as a Wedding Gift?
- Amanda Bynes Tweets Again, Accuses NYPD Officer of Sexual Harassment
On Newsstands Now
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Sunday May 26, 2013 04:10AM EDT
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- March 19, 2012
- Vol. 77
- No. 12
Deadly Tornadoes: Torn Apart, Pulling Together
After a Surprise Outbreak of Storms Rips Through the Midwest and South, Neighbors Find Courage and Comfort in One Another
A MOTHER'S SACRIFICE
Stephanie Decker, 37, Henryville, Ind. It was really dark, really scary. The house was shaking. I held on to [son Dominic, 8, and daughter Reese, 5] as tight as I could. I just laid on top of them. Pillars were falling, bricks were falling, a steel beam was on my leg. My body was in shock. The kids kept asking, "Mommy, are you going to die?" I kept saying, "No, I'm going to be here. We're going to be fine." I was determined to live. But I looked at my legs, and I knew the left one was gone.
Dominic ran to neighbors for help; rescuers pulled Decker from the debris. She had to have both legs amputated.
I'm sad I lost my legs. I worked out five days a week. But I'm a fighter. The most important thing in the world to me is my kids. And they came out of it without a scratch.
A BRUSH WITH DEATH
Jason Miller, 31, New Pekin, Ind.
I used to love storms. Never did I realize I'd be right in the center of one. I opened the door to take a look at the tornado, and I was sucked up into it. I was at least 50 feet up in the air, and I must have blacked out. When I came to, I was on top of a pile of lumber. I should be dead. There must have been angels up there with me.
Grateful to be alive, Miller was heartbroken he was unable to save his neighbors the Babcock family (see opposite page).
Paulette Loveday, 56, Harvest, Ala.
Loveday, who lost her home in a tornado last spring, gathered people in a shelter for the second time in a year. If that door had opened, we'd have been sucked out. How do you get all those people into a tiny room? You pack them in, honey. Save a life.
Maj. Chuck Adams, 57, Clark County, Ind., Sheriff's Office
Hundreds of people showed up. This is how we come together around here. We had to turn volunteers away. It was a miracle. It brought out the best in everybody.
- Reported by Pam Grout/Indiana,
- J. Todd Foster/Alabama.
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!