Season 9
Joplin Families
Joplin Families
Season 9 | Episode 914 | Aired 01/12/2012

The Cogdill Family
Single mom Crystal Cogdill works for the Joplin Housing Authority. She has a passion for helping people find housing, but in a cruel twist, now finds herself homeless. In the tornado, Crystal lost her 9-year-old son, Zach Treadwell. Her other son, David, survived. Upon hearing the sirens, she hustled her kids inside the house and, following her emergency plan, huddled with them in the bathtub. As the home came apart around them, she felt her grip on her children weakening. The storm eventually overpowered her and ripped the kids from her arms. When she next saw Zach, his lifeless body was pinned beneath a utility pole. Stunned, Crystal finds her friend (also named Crystal). The two friends soon make a horrifying discovery; both of them have lost children to one of the most devastating weather events this nation has ever endured.

The beautiful interior is filled with pictures of Zach. David has his very one Spider-man lair for a bedroom. Crystal's room has more family pictures. One of Zach's favorite things was a snakeskin. That's now preserved in a beautiful frame.

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