In observance of somber anniversary, Astros honor Houston’s finest.

The Astros weren’t home on Sept. 11, but they pulled out all of the usual stops one day later to honor local heroes while commemorating the somber anniversary of the terror attacks on our country 10 years ago.

The pregame ceremony began with recognition of the “invisible heroes” who work tirelessly for the safety of all of us — the 9-1-1 call takers who serve as the vital link for a citizen in need of emergency assistance. On Monday, there were nearly 1,000 9-1-1 call takers and their families at Minute Maid Park, representing public safety agencies in Fort Bend and Harris Counties.

Honored on the field were 2011 Texas Telecommunicator of the Year honorees Keturah Nelms of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Danielle Grunden of the League City Police Department, and five from the Houston Emergency Center: Desaray Rodriguez, Lola Purvis, Devon Jones, April Smith and Estella Rostro.

The Astros then recognized local heroes from the United States military, police, fire and EMS. Accompanying them were members of the Houston Fire Department’s Pipe and Drums along with HPD’s mounted horses and motorcylcle brigade.

Nine local heroes were selected to represent their organizations on Heroes Night: Houston firefighter Captain Darin Unruh, Emergency medical technician Captain Tony Riggins, HPD Lieutenant Harry Zamora, United States Army Captain Darla Deauvearo, United States Marines Sergeant Daniel Dimas, United States Navy Petty Officer Boatswain’s Mate First Class Edgar Ponce, United States Air Force Captain Anthony Fore, United States Coast Guard Command Master Chief Eric Gleason and Texas Army National Guard Sergeant First Class Jose Perez.

Presenting the colors were members of the United States Army, and the anthem was performed by Jay Barkdull, a 22-year veteran of the Houston Fire Department and a U.S. Army Veteran.

Images from the ceremony:

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1 Comment

It was a moving ceremony. And did we shock not only the Phils fan base but all of baseball? I wouldn’t have believed we’d have beaten the best team in baseball if I hadn’t seen it for myself. We had a great time at the ballpark starting with the early bird tour. What a nice treat to sit in the Diamond Club seats behind home plate and watch Hunter Pence and others take bp. Even saw Biggio sneak in for a visit. :)

And big kudos to folks in the Community Affairs department who helped us out by providing an extra Astros Buddies packet for us after we lost ours right before we left from Little Rock.

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