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Council President Ceasar Mitchell Honored First Responders to I -85 Bridge Event

Post Date:04/19/2017 5:08 PM

Council Communications
Atlanta City Hall
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Atlanta, GA  30303 

Bruce K. Morton
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April 18, 2017

Council President Ceasar Mitchell Honored First Responders to I -85 Bridge Event

Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, Councilman C.T. Martin, Andre Dickens along with the full Atlanta City Council presented proclamations to members of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, Atlanta Police Department and the Georgia State Patrol who were the first responders to the I-85 bridge collapse on March 30th.

The proclamation highlighted the interagency collaboration and its’ success in preventing loss of life and additional property. The joint operations allowed for the re-routing of traffic and allowed for the Atlanta Fire Department to focus on extinguishing the fire.

Fire Chief Joel Baker said, “The men and women of AFRD are dedicated to serving the City of Atlanta and took pride in their actions on that day. Today’s recognition reinforces the fact that we have the unwavering support of our City leaders and they acknowledge that we will always give 100%. For that we are thankful.”

“Our Atlanta Police officers work hard every day to keep our citizens safe, often without much recognition, so we really appreciate the City Council for taking the time to honor the life-saving efforts of our officers during the I-85 Bridge collapse,” said Maj. Barry Shaw, Zone 2 Commander.

Lt. Ritchie Harris of the Georgia State Patrol said “The bridge collapse was a great challenge and opportunity to work with our partners in public safety for the citizens of Atlanta.  It was an honor, on behalf of Georgia State Patrol, to be here and we thank the City Council for this recognition.”

“It was our honor to recognize the members of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, the Atlanta Police Department, and the Georgia State Patrol.  This ongoing collaboration is a prime example of how government at all levels can work together to serve and protect citizens.” Said Council President Ceasar Mitchell.

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