WEST (April 24, 2013)--Though deeply affected by the West fertilizer plant explosion one week ago, West resident Larry Ferguson was still able to attend his induction ceremony into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth the very next day.
A former PRCA Champion Steer Wrestler and five-time National Finals Qualifier, Ferguson won titles in calf roping or steer wrestling in Reno, Denver, Pendleton, Colorado Springs and qualified for 5 Texas Circuit finals.
He took the PRCA World championship title in 1977.
Ferguson, who arrived in Fort Worth Thursday with his wife Lois, was honored Friday night for his achievements and was inducted on Saturday.
In his induction speech, he compared the support received in West to his rodeo family. He said when you compete in the rodeo you are supported by people across the nation and the nation has supported West and for that he was very grateful, a media spokesperson said.
“He didn’t go into a lot of details, but what surprised me the most was how he helped with the special needs kids that were there, despite all he was going through. He’s a true champion inside and outside the arena,” a media spokesperson said.
According to the spokesperson, Ferguson lost a friend in the explosion.
When word of the explosion hit the Fort Worth Stockyards, items were gathered and donated to the city within 48 hours.
As part of the 2013 induction ceremony, new inductees gathered on the arena steps to take pictures. A “We Love West” sign was held by inductees.
The Fergusons were at their ranch, about 2.5 miles away from the blast site when the explosion occurred, and were fortunate that only minimum damage was reported there.