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Published June 18, 2010, 04:08 PM

Daughter says her father died while saving her from tornado

Mentor, Minn. (WDAY TV) - The daughter of the gas station owner killed in the Mentor tornado says her father saved her life. Wes Michaels was killed yesterday after when a tornado destroyed his gas station.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Family members say Michaels was celebrating his 58th birthday and wasn't supposed to be working at the Cenex C-Store. Michaels' daughter Heidi was working in the store as the tornado approached. Family members say Wes went to the store to warn his daughter as the emergency sirens sounded.

“Spotted a tornado and knew it was coming towards the store and there was another lady in here besides his daughter. Literally we have seconds. We have to get over to the hallway or the cooler. I'm not sure where it was. He laid right on top of Heidi, and tried to protect the other lady and best he could. He saved Heidi's life.”

Heidi suffered minor injuries. We are told the other women in the store had more serious injuries.