Brotherhood in action: Germany comes to Freeport
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The Wednesday night event was a last chance to enjoy an evening of fellowship (interrupted by one fire alarm: someone got locked in a room at the Rec Center). In the presence of dignitaries including Mayor Robert Kennedy, Trustee Bill White and Chief of Police Miguel Bermudez, gifts were exchanged and firefighters from both sides of the Atlantic praised the benefits of the exchange and all of the people who made it happen.
Jurek Dudler, liaison between the FFD and Walldorf, spoke of what was needed for such a visit: “We can only imagine how many hours, meetings, calls and e-mails were necessary to set up this program...I think I speak for everybody in this room: This trip has been special different and definitely unforgettable and its still special! The committee and everybody involved did a tremendous job!”
His colleague Maximilian Bowitz spoke the ties of fellowship resulting from the exchange: A friendship...has lasted over decades, has grown and spread over the ocean, has included other towns, now even over generations...hundreds of Germans and Americans have visited back and forth. A friendship has developed that covers not only men and women, but also cities as a whole. This, we believe, is domething special and unique.”