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NASCAR superstar kicks off Empowerment Week with day of service

Greg Biffle volunteered at Fire Station 1 in Birmingham as part of the day of service across the city. Source: WBRC video Greg Biffle volunteered at Fire Station 1 in Birmingham as part of the day of service across the city. Source: WBRC video
Biffle tried on some of the Birmingham firefighter gear. Source: Jonathan Hardison/WBRC Biffle tried on some of the Birmingham firefighter gear. Source: Jonathan Hardison/WBRC
Biffle accepts a personal No. 16 firefighter helmet from Birmingham Fire Chief Ivor Brooks. Source: Talladega Superspeedway Biffle accepts a personal No. 16 firefighter helmet from Birmingham Fire Chief Ivor Brooks. Source: Talladega Superspeedway
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The city of Birmingham also remembered the 9/11 anniversary and the start of Empowerment Week with a day of service across the city. A superstar race car driver from NASCA helped lead the way.

As volunteers fanned out across the city to clean up parks and fire stations, the biggest name in that volunteer group was NASCAR driver Greg Biffle.

Biffle stopped at Fire Station 1 downtown to help wash one of the fire trucks, try on some turnout gear, and even help Chief Ivor Brooks take a pumper truck for a spin.

"It's great being a part of something as near and dear to our heart as giving back to whatever it is. Your community, service day, those kinds of things," Biffle said.

Biffle spent some time in a ladder truck as well. He's familiar with Birmingham, spending two weekends a year at the Talladega Superspeedway but says today isn't about racing, it's about service.

"I'm really excited to be here today and be part of this event. It's really important for us to recognize what all the service people around the country do for us. Whether it's defending our country or defending our city," he said.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell got back from the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in Washington just in time to take part in a ceremony honoring those who lost their lives on 9/11, something he says was the ultimate act of service and a service he thinks today's volunteers are honoring.

"This is our country, and we're empowered with the liberties of sacrifice that men and women have made to allow us to do the things that we do. So we want to give back, and it's with great thanks that I thank all the men and women who are out today," Bell said.

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