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Schaumburg Trustee, wife miraculously survive Okla. tornado

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Kozak family (Frank pictured on top left, Char on middle left, Steve on top right) Kozak family (Frank pictured on top left, Char on middle left, Steve on top right)
Before and after photos of the family's pool Before and after photos of the family's pool
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A Schaumburg Village Trustee and his wife are recovering from injuries they sustained in the tornado. The couple was visiting a relative near Oklahoma City when the home they were in was demolished.

Frank and Char Kozak first saw the rain and hail, and then the approaching tornado from the garage of Char's brother's home.

They ran inside and hid in a closet in the middle of the house where they huddled and hoped, as the tornado ripped into the home.

FOX 32's Craig Wall talked on the phone with their son, Steve, who is grateful to be with them now.

"At that time the tornado did hit, full-fledged, as my dad was covering my mom the exterior walls collapsed in on top of them, with all the bricks from the exterior wall, and then a hot water heater also ended up on top of them," Steve Kozak explains.

Steve Kozak says when he arrived in Oklahoma City, there was not much left of his uncle's home, where his parents miraculously survived.

"I got out of the vehicle when I first got here and actually I was a little emotional about it, realizing that mom and dad did go through this," Kozak says. "It truly looks like war zone."

68-year-old Frank and 70-year-old Char Kozak sustained many cuts and bruises. Char also suffered a broken arm and remains hospitalized.

"Emotionally, my mom is a basket case, my dad is still shaken up very much by it," Steve continues.

Google Maps shows what the home looked like before the tornado. In the before images, you can see the pool in the back yard, but now, only the pool's rim remains.

"I'm amazed by it," Steve says of his parents' survival. "Obviously somebody was looking over him, a guardian angel, God, whatever the case may be, were looking over my parents at the time because I see where they're at and I see the surrounding area and I see everything that this tornado tore up and we're just, we're really really lucky to have them right now."

Steve Kozak says as soon as his mom is released from the hospital he plans to drive his parents them back home to Schaumburg. He said despite the injuries, his parents will be okay.

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