Amazing Oklahoman: Legacy Of Marty Logan

Thursday, October 1st 2020, 10:39 pm
By: News 9

Marty Logan's 27-year career as a News 9 Storm Chaser began with a simple ad in the Woodward newspaper. A firefighter, Marty had a calling to help others even if it meant rushing straight into danger. That's what happened his first day on the job back in the spring of 1993.

“I can remember Gary calling me at the house and this was the first chase I was ever on,” recalled Marty. “He called me and said, ‘Do you want to go see a tornado?’ I said yea!”             

From then on whatever was happening in northern Oklahoma you could count on Marty to be there. From blizzards, even when he had to dig himself out first, to fires, including those massive wildfires back in 2018.

And of course, tornados. Marty has tracked and witnessed almost too many tornados to count. Including that horrible night of April 14, 2012.

“It’s huge, it’s a very large tornado, power line flashes this is serious, this is a very serious situation for the people in Woodward,” Marty said on-air that night.

Marty's keen awareness of the skies saved countless lives that night.       

“I can remember one person coming up and he had bandages all over and he came up crying and wanted to give me a hug,” said Marty as he teared up. “That’s the way it was.”

But he didn't do it alone. Marty's life partner Debbie was also often his chasing partner.

So, when Marty said it was time to retire and spend more time with his family. Namely his grandkids his News 9 family knew we had to say a tearful see ya around.

But not before one more storm chase off into the sunset.