Two U of M associate professors whose roles during the summer 2011 Mississippi River
flooding helped protect citizens have been honored with First Responder Awards from
the state of Tennessee.
Drs. Brian Waldron and Arleen Hill were honored with First Responder Awards for their
efforts during the 2011 Mississippi River floods. They are pictured with Department
of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons (left) and Tenn. Gov. Bill
Haslam's Chief of Staff Mark Cate (right).
Dr. Arleen Hill, associate professor of earth sciences, and Dr. Brian Waldron, associate
professor of civil engineering and director of the Center for Partnerships in GIS,
were recognized during a special ceremony in Nashville that has been held each year
since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
“It has been more than a decade since the 9/11 attacks on the United States. However,
we will always remember the public servants like you, who were willing to risk their
lives and rescue as many people as possible. The lessons learned on that day have
changed the way you all train for emergencies or disasters, for the better,” Mark
Cate, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s Chief of Staff, said to the honorees.
Hill, Waldron and support groups from the U of M were frequently praised for their
efforts in mapping at-risk areas during the 2011 flood that captured international
attention. The University continues to be mentioned as a strong supporter of disaster
preparedness in the Mid-South.