LANSING — Today, the Michigan House of Representatives held their annual Sept. 11 ceremony commemorating those Michigan first responders lost in the line of duty during the past year, those lost in the 2001 attacks and recognized first responders serving in Michigan communities today. State Rep. Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) hosted Officer Delshawn Gibbs of the Inkster Police Department at the ceremony and also issued the following statement:

“September 11, 2001, stands apart as one of the worst tragedies in American history. Today we take time to honor the first responders who rushed to save lives in New York on that day, and several days after, along with the first responders that serve our communities now. The lesson we learned on that day was that we are all Americans, and the things that divide us are less important than the things that unite us. As a public servant myself, I am committed to protecting the dignity, health and financial security of our first responders. I am honored to have been joined by my distinguished guest, Officer Gibbs, because he has dedicated his life to serving our community. It is a high calling that not all answer, but those who do deserve our respect and support.”