It is now hard for many in the Brazos Valley to imagine State Emergency Responses without Texas Task Force 1.
For the past decade, the state of Texas has come to rely on the skills and courage of the elite rescue team.
On Saturday night, the team and some of its founders celebrated the creation of the life saving resource at the Annenberg Conference Center at the Bush Presidential Library.
In its ten year history, Texas Task Force 1 has been called on to assistance in rescue efforts like those following the 9/11 attacks, the Bonfire collapse of 1999, and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The appreciation ceremony was two folds. In addition to past and present members of Texas Task Force 1 being honored, so were their families.
Two special guests could not attend the celebration but recorded messages to express their gratitude.
State Senator John Cornyn was one who offered the team his video thanks, as well as former President George Bush.
The nation's former leader, extended his praise and encouragement to Texas Task Force 1 for the work they do and the sacrifices they make.
"Keep up the good work and may your next years be so fruitful, as rewarding as your past ten years," Bush said. "You're a great outfit and you've done an awful lot of good."
State Representative Fred Brown was also a part of Saturday's event. Brown presented the Texas Task Force 1 with a resolution from the state.
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