Council Honors First Responders in Bridge Collapse

ATLANTA (AP) - Lawmakers will honor the city's police and fire
departments for their quick response after a pedestrian walkway
collapsed last month at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

The first responders will be recognized with a proclamation to be presented at Monday's council meeting. The accident occurred on Dec. 19 when part of the soaring walkway - as tall as 40 feet its height - gave way as construction workers were pouring concrete onto it. The collapse killed 66-year-old worker Angel Chupin and injured 18 others.

The first responders had the victims en route to local hospitals in under an hour.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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