MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange visited a nursing home Wednesday to honor the first African American female to be hired by the Montgomery Police Department.
Marian Berry was presented with a certificate of recognition by Strange, who visited Berry's residence at the Capitol Hill nursing home in Montgomery. Berry was commended for her 25 years of service as a school patrol officer, starting in 1960.
"It is a pleasure to acknowledge your dedication and commitment to others," Strange told Berry. "May God bless and keep you."
Surrounded by friends and family, Berry was given the certificate, which Strange read to her.
"She was so proud to wear that uniform," Berry's son Dwayne said. "She never thought anything about being the first one to don that uniform. She never gave that much thought at all. Her thought was being there for the safety of those kids."
Capitol Hill Healthcare administrator Sharon Baker also expressed her appreciation for Berry, as well as for the mayor.
"We are so grateful to Mayor Strange for taking the time to recognize one of our residents for her achievements," Baker said. "Ms. Berry was a trailblazer at a difficult time in history and her life is appreciated by her community."
Berry is 85 years old. She has five children, 24 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.