The devastating chemical explosion that occurred last night in West, Tex., at Adair Grain’s DBA West Fertilizer Company plant reminds me of not only the importance of workplace safety but also the tremendous gratitude we owe to first responders such as our communities’ firefighters.

In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of synthetic drugs known on the streets as “bath salts,” “herbal incense” or “potpourri.” Alarmingly, as these synthetic drugs grow in popularity, the number of injuries and deaths caused by them continues to rise.

Every asbestos victim’s story is unique and has the ability to inspire. Today, we had the great privilege of helping to share a special story that is building upon the strength of the asbestos community while honoring the life of an honorable man whose mission was to save lives.