Two first responders will represent Alabama at a ceremony in New York City commemorating the fifth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Sergeant Charles Berry of the Madison County Sheriff's Office and firefighter Darren Dukes of the Trussville Fire Department were picked to attend Sunday's ceremony. The event will take place at the reconstructed 7 World Trade Center, the third building to collapse following the attacks. Governor Bob Riley said New York Governor George Pataki invited first responders from every state to attend the event.
Fire and law enforcement chiefs made nominations to the Alabama Mutual Aid System Advisory board, made up of emergency responders and rescue teams from across the state. Nominations were open to first responders who were deployed either in Alabama, Mississippi or Louisiana during Gulf Coast hurricanes during the past three years.