- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Moore Fire Chief Gary Bird will be among the guests who sit with first lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday when President Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address.

Bird and his team worked through the path of the May 2013 tornado to rescue survivors. The tornado killed 25 people and destroyed more than 1,000 homes and businesses.

Bird and his team searched every damaged home at least once for survivors, and his goal was to conduct three searches of each building.

Other guests of the first lady include two survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing and Jason Collins, the first active male athlete on a major American sports team to come out as openly gay.

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