President Donald Trump on Thursday honored first responders on the scene of a March 30 fire that took out a portion of I-85.
Firefighters, police officers and state troopers got to visit the White House where the president thanked them for their bravery and surface. Miraculously, no one was injured during the fire or when the roadway collapsed.
“So I’m honored to be here with you today and welcome you to the White House,” President Trump said. “The heroes who responded to the terrible bridge collapse on I-85 two weeks ago in Atlanta. That was something. The whole world was watching that one.”
The president also noted that the federal government pledged $10 million to repair the road.
“What happened in Atlanta is a painful reminder of the critical importance of infrastructure,” President Trump said. “We’re going to be doing a lot with infrastructure. You’ll be seeing that over the coming weeks – a tremendous amount. I’m committed to funding a massive nationwide infrastructure program to rebuild, repair, and construct the roads and bridges of the future of this country. This is necessary as a matter of both safety and economic growth, and it’s necessary to improve our quality of life as Americans.”
Mayor Kasim Reed also commented on the meeting.
“Atlanta is beyond fortunate to have the caliber of firefighters and police officers that we do – dedicated men and women who put their lives in harm’s way on a daily basis, in order to keep us safe,” Reed said in a press release. “President Trump’s recognition of these public servants means a great deal to them and to the City of Atlanta. The collaboration and support we have received from our federal and state partners has been extraordinary.”