Justice McRae among officials welcoming NY firefighter to Natchez

March 6, 2002

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Chuck McRae helped extend a hero's welcome and thanks to New York Firefighter Matt Moore Jr. during a visit to Natchez on Friday.

McRae joined local officials in a Friday afternoon ceremony at the Adams County Courthouse.

Moore was off duty Sept. 11 when two jetliners commandeered by terrorists slammed into the World Trade Center. Moore, like legions of his fellow firefighters and law enforcement officers, joined in the desperate struggle to save lives.

McRae said Sept. 11 will be branded into the minds of Americans like the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. "You know where you were when it happened."

McRae said those firefighters who died in the rescue effort were true to the Fireman's Creed. They gave their own lives to save others.

"These are true heroes. We often take them for granted," McRae said afterwards. "These people put their lives on the line all the time for us."

Moore is among about 200 firefighters who visited cities across the country last weekend in a program sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Natchez and Meridian hosted visits in Mississippi. The program is intended to promote travel and tourism and express thanks for the country's support, according to the NYC & Company Convention and Visitors Bureau.

More information about the national tour and a list of host cities is available at www.usmayors.org.

State court system Public Information Officer Beverly Pettigrew Kraft may be reached at 601-354-7452.

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