Peter Heizer (right) received a certificate and pin with the municipal coat of arms from Mayor Hermann Nafziger. © Dagmar Rutt
After a nine-year break, Planegg has awarded honorary citizenship again for the first time – to Peter Heizer, who has devoted most of his life to the service of the community. Citizens' medals went to Werner Schröter and Josef Stöckl.
Planegg – The municipality of Planegg once again has an honorary citizen. And in addition, two new recipients of the Citizen's Medal. In a ceremony on Thursday, Mayor Hermann Nafziger honored Peter Heizer (79), Werner Schröter (79) and Josef Stöckl (47).
When the municipality of Planegg last awarded honorary citizenship to two people in December 2014, Peter Heizer wore the mayor's chain of office, presented the certificates and gave the laudatory speeches to the former mayors Alfred Pfeiffer and Günther Schuppler. He did this because, as 2nd mayor after the death of Annemarie Detsch in September of that year, he managed the business until the inauguration of her successor Heinrich Hofmann shortly before Christmas. He showed on Thursday in the meeting room of the town hall that this phase has shaped him: "Thanks to the administration for the cohesion in the difficult time after the death of Annemarie Detsch." He specifically mentioned Managing Director Stefan Schaudig and the then 3rd Mayor Anneliese Bradel.
42 years as a municipal councillor, including 24 years as 2nd mayor
District Administrator Christoph Göbel also spoke about the year 2014. He said in his greeting: "I have experienced, young in the office of the district administrator, how one can rely on you when there are really hard times. In the weeks and months in which we first had to accompany Annemarie's serious illness and her much too early death and moderate the transition, in which the community had to remain stable in leadership on important issues and challenges. Everything would have been different if you hadn't been the incumbent mayor." Göbel continues: "Planegg, but also the entire district, owe you an infinite amount."
The responsibility that he bore to a particular extent nine years ago is only a small part of the social commitment for which the municipality has now elected Peter Heizer an honorary citizen. For 42 years, from 1978 to 2020, Heizer was a municipal councillor in Planegg, twelve of which were 3rd and 24 years 2nd mayor. Initially, the group was called "Parteifreie Wählerschaft – Bürger Block Planegg", later it became the "Freie Wähler Planegg" and finally in 2008 the "Freie Wähler Dynamischen".
"His high level of loyalty as deputy mayor, his commitment to the youth and senior citizens in the municipality, his social and socio-political work as a member of various organizations and associations, his special commitment to the fire brigade and to the municipality's twinning relationships can hardly be surpassed," said Mayor Hermann Nafziger. "At the moment, I can't think of anyone who would be a more suitable personality as an honorary citizen." For minutes, the approximately 70 guests in the large meeting room applauded Heizer, who had campaigned in his local political work not only for the subway but also for the construction of the two youth centers, the children's and family center on the Würm and the new sports park on the grounds of the Feodor-Lynen-Gymnasium.
Highest award of the municipality
The co-founder of the Youth Forum has already received a number of honours, including the highest award that the municipality can bestow. "I feel very honored and can also be a little proud when I think about who my predecessors are," said Heizer. There have been ten honorary citizens so far, all of whom have since died: Georg Heide senior, Willy Heide, Richard Naumann, Franz Brugger, Anton Schneller, Karl Bach, Rudolf Freiherr von Hirsch, Alfred Pfeiffer and Günther Schuppler. Peter Heizer's father Albert Heizer is one of them, 1945st mayor from 1966 to 1, first appointed by the Allies, then re-elected twice.
Peter Heizer also counts his father among his role models, along with Richard Naumann (SPD), the first of a total of seven mayors under whom he sat on the municipal council, and Walter Roth (CSU), 2nd mayor when he himself was 3rd mayor. "I have always experienced you as an all-round decent person, as someone who is balancing," said District Administrator Göbel. "It's no wonder that you had an unbelievable wear and tear on First Mayors, that you were always able to work with so many personalities of different stripes in the best possible way." The Gstanzln, which Thomas Schaffert performed to the accordion accompaniment of Ludwig Götz, also took this up: "And he is aa for 24 years gwesn da zwoate Birgamoaschta vo Planegg, but all seven erchtn Bürgermoasta, de san now all long scho gone."
Awarded the Planegg Citizen's Medal: Werner Schröter (left) and Josef Stöckl. © Dagmar Rutt
According to the statutes, a maximum of 25 living persons may be bearers of the Planegger Citizen's Medal. With Werner Schröter and Josef Stöckl, there are now 22. Several already awardees, such as Schaffert and Götz, former mayor Dieter Friedmann, Annelore von Aufseß and Erwin and Traudl Holzapfel, were among the guests at the festive meeting followed by a standing reception in the town hall foyer. Schröter was honored for his social commitment. For 20 years he has been working as a volunteer in the Würmtal-Insel social network. He had previously worked as a group leader in the area of help for care at the district of Upper Bavaria. "Immediately after his retirement, he got in touch and offered to use his accumulated expertise on a voluntary basis," said Mayor Nafziger. Schröter, now with a team, supports those seeking advice in all applications for social benefits, social housing or long-term care insurance. He has invested over 700 hours so far.
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It is not known how many hours Josef Stöckl devoted to the tradition in recent decades. "The maypole tradition in our community without Seppi is no longer imaginable," says Nafziger. At the age of twelve, he began to work on the erection of the maypole, since 2006 he has been responsible for it, and for 31 years he has been active in the Trachtenverein D'Almarösler, including 25 years as the first Vorplattler and since 2017 as 1st chairman. District Administrator Göbel said: "Awarding two citizen's medals to such people shows what Planegg attaches importance to: a social society, a society that pays attention to its neighbour, to its neighbour and at the same time keeps an eye on its tradition, its history and wants to uphold it."