The Atlanta Mayor is honoring the first responders who were instrumental in preventing injury and loss of life during the I-85 fire and bridge collapse.

After part of interstate 85 in Midtown Atlanta collapsed on March 30, the lack of carnage was hailed as a silver lining and the quick-moving first responders were praised for their efforts.

PHOTOS | First-responders battle massive I-85 fire

From directing traffic to actually putting out the intense flames that brought a chunk of I-85 falling down, first responders worked tirelessly – even in the rain – to make sure Atlantans were safe.

A day after the collapse, 11Alive's Duffie Dixon spoke to two Atlanta Police Department officers who were there. See what they said about the scene. here.

FULL COVERAGE | I-85 Collapse

VIDEO | Click here to see the moment the bridge collapsed

PHOTOS | Fire burning under Atlanta Interstate