Hundreds of politicians and special guests will fill a U.S. House of Representatives chamber Tuesday as President Barack Obama gives his sixth State of the Union Address.
Gary Bird, chief of the Moore Fire Department, is expected to be among them.
First Lady Michelle Obama announced Monday the longtime firefighter would join her and a handful of 2013's difference makers for the speech.
For the past three decades, president's wives have invited impactful Americans into their viewing box.
This year, Obama and Bird will be accompanied by the vice president's wife, Dr. Jill Biden; President Obama's senior advisor Valerie Jarrett; 16-year-old entrepreneur Joey Hudy; openly gay NBA veteran Jason Collins; Boston Marathon Bombing survivors Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman and Washington D.C.'s Public School Teacher of the Year Kathy Hollowell-Makle.
Bird's honor comes after he and his fellow firefighters combed through miles of flattened neighborhoods in the days and weeks after an EF5 tornado leveled much of Moore.
According to the White House blog, Bird “represents all of those who rallied together to help the community of Moore, Oklahoma – firefighters, police officers, teachers, neighbors – in its greatest time of need.”
Bird began his career as a volunteer firefighter in Ninnekah back in 1981.
After four years as a volunteer, he was hired by the Moore Fire Department. He has been the chief since June 30, 2012.
The State of the Union address airs 8 p.m. Tuesday. 2NEWS will be live streaming and live tweeting coverage of the president's speech.