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President George W. Bush met with 72 members of Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) on Thursday, March 28, in Dallas, Texas.

“We were notified that President Bush would like to meet with the team to express his appreciation for our contribution to the rescue mission at ground zero in New York,” says Dr. G. Kemble Bennett, Texas Task Force 1 Director. “We are humbled by the President’s desire to personally thank us, and are proud we were able to serve when needed.”

TX-TF1 is the state’s urban search and rescue team and assisted in the rescue mission at the World Trade Center in New York City Sept. 17 — 24, 2001.

TX-TF1 is administered by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and consists of rescue experts, hazardous material specialists, structural engineers, canine search teams and medical personnel. The task force includes emergency responders from across the state and is the only federal search-and-rescue team in Texas. TX-TF1 is one of 28 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urban search and rescue teams in the country, and one of only six selected to respond to incidents involving weapons of mass destruction.

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