The Moore American

January 29, 2014

Fire chief selected to see State of the Union Address

By Shana Adkisson
The Moore American

MOORE — Fire Chief Gary Bird never dreamed he would be a guest of the President of the United States at the State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night.

“I am very surprised, shocked really,” Bird said Monday.

Bird said that he found out he had been selected to be a guest at the State of the Union Address on Saturday when Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis called him telling him he needed to call the White House.

“I met the President when he showed up in Moore, but I never dreamed I’d be attending the State of the Union Address,” Bird said.

Bird represented all of those who rallied together — firefighters, police officers, teachers, neighbors — to help the community of Moore following the May tornado that killed 25 men, women and children and devastated more than 1,200 homes and businesses in the community.

“It is a great honor for Chief Bird and for the City of Moore to be represented at the State of the Union Address. We are proud of the chief and all of the public safety personnel whom he represents,” said Moore City Manager Steve Eddy.

President Obama’s guests at the State of the Union also included survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings, a prominent gay athlete, a young entrepreneur and a teacher of the year.

Bird also got to sit in the presidential box with First Lady Michelle Obama and other officials as the president delivered his annual State of the Union Address.