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Obama pays tribute to firefighters killed in Texas blast

WACO, Texas — A somber President Barack Obama paid tribute on Thursday to firefighters killed in a spectacular explosion that devastated a small Texas town last week, praising their courage and vowing to help their community recover from a ‘‘time of unimaginable adversity.’’

‘‘We may not all live here in Texas,’’ Obama told a sports arena packed with more than 9,000 mourners at Baylor University here, ‘‘but we’re neighbors too. We’re Americans too, and we stand with you and we do not forget. We’ll be there even after the cameras leave and after the attention turns elsewhere.’’

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