- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Reaction from officials to the death of former Alabama Sen. Jeremiah Denton on Friday:

Democratic President Barack Obama: “One of the highest-ranking officers to be taken prisoner in Vietnam, he endured torture, starvation, and years of solitary confinement with extraordinary fortitude. The valor that he and his fellow POWs displayed was deeply inspiring to our nation at the time, and it continues to inspire our brave men and women who serve today. As Senator, he served as a strong advocate for our national security. He leaves behind a legacy of heroic service to his country, and Michelle and I send our condolences to the Denton family.”

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.: “Jeremiah Denton was a friend, warrior, leader and hero. The nation with never forget his courage when, having endured the brutal torture as a POW in Vietnam, he defied and outsmarted his captors and broadcast a Morse code message to the world. He was a man of grit and character that can’t be manufactured. His word was his bond and his loyalty was unshakeable.”

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.: “Admiral Denton will be long remembered for his service to America. He was a war hero, an honorable senator and a family man who cared deeply about his country.”

Republican Gov. Robert Bentley: “America would not be free without the service and sacrifice of veterans like Jeremiah Denton. Senator Denton fought for freedom and served his country with bravery and honor.”

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala.: “He served the state of Alabama with distinction in the United States Senate, and we are proud to claim him as a native son of Mobile. I admire his passion for service and strive to emulate his example as a true public servant.”

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala.: “His life epitomized what it means to serve this country. I hope every Alabamian takes a moment today to remember Jeremiah Denton’s story, share it with their children, and honor a true American hero.”

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