Detroit firefighter wins national anthem contest

September 16, 2013 • Business

In a Sept. 14, 2013, handout photo from the Franco Public Relations Group, Fire Engine Operator Martin Rucker, center, stands with fellow Detroit Fire Department personnel outside of Engine Co. No. 30 in Detroit. Rucker is a 14-year veteran of the DFD and has won Comerica Bank’s “Home of the Brave Contest Nation Anthem Singing Contest,” [auth] earning his station a $10,000 grant. Rucker will sing the National Anthem at Sunday’s Detroit Tiger’s game and will receive 40 tickets to the game as well. (AP Photo/Franco Public Relations Group, David Traiforos, HOEP)

DETROIT (AP) — Comerica Bank has announced that a Detroit firefighter is the winner of its Home of the Brave National Anthem Singing Contest.

As a result of his win, Martin Rucker will sing the anthem at the Tigers game on Sunday. He also gets 40 tickets to the game, and his station earns a $10,000 grant from Comerica Bank.

Rucker is a 14-year veteran of the Detroit fire department. He’s a fire engine operator.

Police officers and firefighters from southeastern Michigan submitted videos to the Comerica Cares Facebook page.

A panel of judges from the Tigers, the media and Comerica Bank narrowed the submissions to the top 10 for public voting. More than 15,000 votes were cast during the two-week public voting period.

Rucker finished with 4,008 votes.

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