An Owasso couple will be among those featured on a television program, titled “Joplin Rises,” which is scheduled to air Saturday afternoon, March 16, on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The program is an episode of a series called “Lost and Found.”
The episode was initially said to be slated to air at 3 p.m. central time, but that was changed to 4 p.m. central time.
Sean and Trisha Wilson, of Owasso, who were in Joplin, Mo., when an EF5 tornado devastated that city May 22, 2011, were reunited for the program with two youngsters — a brother and sister — who were injured by the storm. The Wilsons used their SUV to transport the youths for medical care.
“Now we talk to them all the time,” Trisha Wilson said of the two youths also featured on the program. “They are so brave, and people will be able to fall in love with them just like we did.”
For about a dozen years, the Wilsons have engaged in storm chasing. Trisha Wilson said they continue to do so, though they have had a hard time with their memories of Joplin. They were in the Joplin business district when the storm hit, and quickly transitioned from filming the storm to transporting numerous of those who had been wounded.
Trisha Wilson said she and her husband know CPR and routinely carry a large first-aid kit with them when chasing storms.
With tornado season coming again soon, this is a good time for the program to air, she said.
The program was filmed long enough ago the Wilsons weren’t sure it was even going to air, but a producer called them this week and said a “Lost and Found” marathon would be airing on OWN this Saturday.