AGENTS TO BE CITED FOR EFFORTS AFTER OKLA. BLAST

AGENTS TO BE CITED FOR EFFORTS AFTER OKLA. BLAST

Members of the Oklahoma Association of Insurance Agents will be among those honored by Gov. Frank Keating today for their efforts in the aftermath of the April 19 Oklahoma City bombing.

Gov. Keating will present military-style ribbons and matching lapel pins in the shape of the state to representatives of more than 200 public safety, military and emergency medical agencies that participated in the rescue and recovery efforts at the Murrah Federal Office Building in April and May.The association of independent agents said in May it would underwrite the costs of the award presentation.

The insurance agents were singled out for being "the first to step forward to help us honor our heroes and heroines," said Mr. Keating. "Our state's independent insurance agents have a long history of supporting public safety agencies, and we are grateful to them."

The explosion killed more than 150 people and caused an estimated $125 million in insured damage to properties surrounding the federal building, which the U.S. government self-insured.

Bruce Coates, chief executive of the agents' group, said he will encourage insurance associations in other states that sent crews to Oklahoma City to give out awards to their volunteers.