The Governor of Alabama helped Alabama A&M University officials honor the brave men and women so instrumental in pulling the entire state through the aftermath of the devastating tornadoes of April 27.
First responders and other emergency/crisis personnel were recognized by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (r) and AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., during a special Thursday “Community Night” football game in their honor October 13 in Louis Crews Stadium.
To show appreciation to the men and women whose tireless efforts helped to sustain the Tennessee Valley community during and beyond the April 27 tornado disaster, AAMU officials invited numerous levels of emergency and disaster personnel to their own game night to witness the Bulldogs' victory over the Tigers of Texas Southern University.
Courageous emergency personnel from throughout Huntsville and the Madison County vicinity, along with their families, attended the football game, which was televised by ESPN-U.
The list of honored heroes included emergency management staff, fire and medical personnel, National Guard, Soldiers and Marines stationed at Redstone Arsenal, members of the print and broadcast media, and other first responders.
As a final tribute during the game's halftime, Hugine presented the Governor with the Presidential Medallion for the latter's valiant leadership throughout the aftermath of the spring 2011 disasters.
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