Everyday Heroes P HOTO G RA P H Y B Y KEN HUT H
The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce honored Durham’s First Responders at an appreciation breakfast at the Durham Convention Center. The event recognized the commitment of the men and women serving Durham and surrounding areas – 15 divisions in total – including first responders from the City of Durham, Durham County, Duke University, Durham Technical Community College, North Carolina Central University and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. John Cerqueira, a 9/11 survivor who grew up in Durham, graduating from Jordan High School before attending N.C. State and later UNC-Chapel Hill, shared his story of escape from the 81st floor of the first tower of the World Trade Center at the event. 12
1 Bahama Volunteer Fire Department Chief Len Needham, Captain Josh Fisher, Assistant Chief David Weatherspoon and Captain Chase Riggs. 2 Durham Fire Department’s Chris Iannuzzi and Durham Mayor Steve Schewel. 3 Durham Police Chief C.J. Davis and Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Geoff Durham. 4 9/11 survivor John Cerqueira, speaker at the appreciation breakfast. 5 Capitol Broadcasting Company’s Valerie Ward, John Morris, Rich MacLeod and Fernanda Araujo.
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