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Cardinals pitcher and Selma native donates meals to tornado first responders



Selma, Indiana – In the wake of a tornado tearing through Selma, a neighborhood baseball hero is warming people’s hearts and tummies.

Zack Thompson is a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals in Major League Baseball and a native of Selma.

Brian Dudley, the baseball coach at Wapahani High School, thanked Thompson on social media this week for feeding emergency personnel following last week’s tornado.

The post from Brian Dudley on X said, “Very grateful that @zack_thompson25 provided a meal for the first responders after a tornado hit his hometown Selma, IN last Thursday. @Cardinals #STLCards.”

Thompson just added, “Selma strong,” while sharing the post.

The National Weather Service classified last Thursday’s tornado, which started in Selma, went through Winchester, and finished close to Union City, as a severe EF3 tornado with maximum wind gusts of 155 to 165 mph on Friday afternoon.

The storms on Thursday night did not result in any fatalities in Randolph County or Winchester, but the sheriff’s office reports that 38 people were injured.

Selma officials are inviting the public to the town’s elementary school on Friday night in order to provide information and field questions. Local, county, and state representatives will assist with property reassessments and misplaced identity card replacements, according to organizers.

The gathering starts at six o’clock in the school auditorium.


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