RTV6 spoke with Futrell and two of his fellow firefighters – Lt. Dean Teagardin and Pvt. Richard Shirvin – in their first public interview about the explosion.
For Teagardin, just talking about that night at all is difficult.
“When I took this job… you think you’re always going to be the hero,” he said. “You’re always going to make the rescue. You’re always going to save people. And there’s a big part of me that feels like I failed doing that that day, because we didn’t save everyone.”
“I will argue with myself over it,” Teagardin said. “I do have that feeling that… could we have done more? It’s something I second guess myself about.”
Shirvin was asked to testify twice about his efforts to save Longworth. He told jurors that at one point during the extraction effort he managed to get his hand on Longworth’s arm.
“It’s vivid in my mind,” Shirvin told RTV6. “It will be forever.”
Shirvin said he agreed to talk about the case so no one forgets who was responsible: Mark Leonard, Bob Leonard Jr., Monserrate Shirley, Gary Thompson and Glenn Hults.
“I want the public to know what happened and what a tragedy it was for the Longworth family,” he said. “For both families.”
Nov. 10, 2017, marks five years since the devastating Richmond Hill Explosion. Find our special coverage of the case – including never-before-heard stories from the victims, investigators and prosecutors – below: