Detroit Firefighter Wins National Anthem Contest


Comerica Bank announced that Detroit Firefighter Martin Rucker has won Comerica’s Home of the Brave National Anthem Singing Contest. Rucker has won the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at the Sept. 22, Detroit Tigers game, 40 tickets to the game and has secured his station, Engine Co. No. 30 in Detroit, a $10,000 grant from Comerica Bank. Rucker is a 14-year veteran of the Detroit Fire Department and serves as a Fire Engine Operator.

In conjunction with its sponsorship of Fan Appreciation Weekend at Comerica Park, Comerica held the contest as a way to say thank you to our hometown heroes for their bravery and dedication to the community.

“During Fan Appreciation Weekend, Comerica Bank wants to make a special effort to show our appreciation for the hometown heroes who have the courage to protect us day in and day out,” said Michael T. Ritchie, president of Comerica Bank–Michigan. “Martin’s submission was impressive and we are honored to award the Detroit Fire Engine Co. No. 30 with a $10,000 grant.”

Southeastern Michigan police officers and firefighters submitted videos to the Comerica Cares Facebook page. A panel of judges from the Detroit 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, followed by second place-finisher firefighter Walter Johnston from the Hartland Area Fire Department with 3,473 votes and police officer Steven Curtis from the Oakland County Sherriff’s Office, who came in third with 2,101 votes in the Home of the Brave National Anthem Singing Contest.

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