Minneapolis Emergency Preparedness Director Rocco Forte has been recognized for his leadership in the wake of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse. Forte
was given the Governor's Award of Excellence as an Outstanding Local Government Partner, presented by the Minnesota Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
was in charge of conducting city emergency operations in the aftermath of the I-35W bridge collapse on Aug. 1, 2007.He
received the HSEM award for his
role in exemplifying the purpose of emergency management , to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.He
was also recognized for his
ongoing contributions to the state's emergency preparedness efforts, according to a statement prepared by the city. Before becoming the city's emergency preparedness director, Forte was a member of the Minneapolis Fire Department for 15 years, including six years as chief.He also served as a member of several emergency management committees, according to the city statement.
The Minneapolis 911 Call Center is also being honored for their bridge collapse response efforts.