Obama thanks rescue workers for efforts after Amtrak derailment

Written by The Associated Press | May 18, 2015 1:41 PM

Photo by AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

President Barack Obama puts his arm on Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, right, as he meets with local officials on the tarmac upon his arrival at Philadelphia International Airport. From left are, Samantha Phillips, Director of Emergency Management, City of Philadelphia; Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer; Philadelphia Police Commissioner Chuck Ramsey; Everett Gillison, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor of Public Safety, City of Philadelphia, and Senator Bob Casey, D-Pa.

(Philadelphia) -- President Barack Obama has paused in Philadelphia to thank the city and its rescue workers for their response to the Amtrak derailment.

Obama arrived aboard Air Force One and stopped briefly to talk and shake hands with Mayor Michael Nutter and other city officials at Philadelphia International Airport. He then boarded a Marine helicopter bound for Camden, New Jersey, where he planned to make a speech about improving local policing.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz says the visit was planned to thank fire, police and other emergency officials for their quick action to save lives and treat the wounded after last week's fatal train wreck.

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