Obama calls NC store manager who saved 100 lives

Obama calls NC store manager who saved 100 lives

Credit: AP

Lowe's store manager Mike Hollowell, center, who directed dozens of customers to safety when a tornado struck the Sanford, NC, hardware store the previous day, gets a hug on Sunday, April 17, 2011, from co-worker Don Wear, who was also in the store when the storm hit. (AP Photo/Ted Richardson)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on April 19, 2011 at 7:30 AM

SANFORD, N.C. (AP) -- President Barack Obama has called the manager of a Sanford home improvement store who managed to get 100 people safely to the back of the store as a tornado ripped the roof off the building.

A press release from the White House said Obama expressed his gratitude Monday to Lowe's store manager Michael Hollowell for his swift action Saturday that likely saved lives.

The release did not give any additional details on what Obama and the store manager discussed.

Hollowell has deflected praise for his actions, saying he was simply following his company's safety plans.

The tornado that ripped apart the Lowe's was one of dozens that moved across North Carolina on Saturday, killing 21 people.
 

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