Montgomery, Ala. (July 26, 2017) — Marian Berry of Montgomery had a surprise visitor today who brought the gift of a lifetime. Mayor Todd Strange stopped in this morning at Capitol Hill Healthcare to recognize the 85 year-old for her past service to the community. She was the city’s first African-American female school patrol officer. Berry was hired by the Montgomery Police Department in 1960 and served for more than 25 years before retiring in 1990. She has five children, 24 grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
Before a crowd of family, friends and Capitol Hill staff, Strange sat at Berry’s bedside and read her Certificate of Recognition before presenting it to her with a pat on the shoulder.
“It is a pleasure to acknowledge your dedication and commitment to others. May God bless and keep you,” Strange said.
Capitol Hill administrator Sharon Baker believes it’s important to remind society of the significant contributions made by previous generations.
“We are so grateful to Mayor Strange for taking the time to recognize one our residents for her achievements,” Baker said. “Ms. Berry was a trailblazer at a difficult time in history and her life is appreciated by her community.”