150 members of the volunteer fire brigades and rescue services of the district of Munich have been honored by District Administrator Christoph Göbel (CSU) for many years of service.
County – Events like these are among the most important of a district administrator. Without the selfless efforts of volunteer rescuers, a community system would collapse. In any case, Christoph Göbel is fully aware of the services provided by the volunteers. "Public safety and order rest on the shoulders of volunteering," said the district administrator right at the beginning of the ceremony in the community center of Unterföhring. Göbel gratefully acknowledged the fact that so many mayors, local councillors and city councillors attended the event as an "expression of special appreciation" for the many volunteers.
There is no question that the municipalities would in return make every effort to optimally equip the members of the fire brigade, the Bavarian Red Cross, the German Lifesaving Society, Johanniter Unfallhilfe and the Federal Agency for Technical Relief. Göbel did not have to point out that it is by no means everyone's cup of tea to be ready for action a full 365 hours a day, 24 days a year.+
50 years at the BRK: (from left) District Chairman Karl-Heinz Demenat with Christian Kreitmair and Werner Kuroczik.
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"The greatest respect," the mayor called out to the uniformed men in the Föhringen ballroom. Kemmelmeyer particularly emphasized the fact that firefighters and rescue workers constantly risk their lives on a voluntary basis without being professionally secured. With service periods, some of which are measured in decades, the volunteer rescuers are a role model, especially for young people, District Administrator Göbel agreed with his host. "The fact that we are allowed to live in safety is largely thanks to you," Göbel shouted into the hall: "We are grateful to be able to fall back on this system in times of multiple crisis situations."+
40 years at the DLRG: District Administrator Göbel with Ursula Jochner (left) and Sabine Hacklechner.
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Against this background, the honorary membership of the district's youth fire brigade, which was awarded for the first time, enjoyed the special appreciation of the district administrator. The award went to Peter Heizer, who was recently made an honorary citizen of his home town of Planegg.+
Fire Brigade Cross of Honour in Gold for: (from left) Heiner Hegering, Tobias Bente and Thomas Künig. On the right, district fire chief Harald Stoiber, who expects more respect for emergency services.
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How important it was to the firefighters and volunteer rescuers that the dark sides of their everyday lives were also discussed in all the honors is shown by the reaction to the words of District Fire Commissioner Harald Stoiber: All too often, uniform wearers become the target of blind attacks, Stoiber criticized. The district fire council referred not least to the incident in Ratingen, when seven firefighters and two police officers were critically injured during a routine operation. "That could just as easily have hit volunteer rescuers," Stoiber said. The consternation in the hall was palpable when the district fire council spoke about the possible consequences of such acts of violence. If respect for the uniform continues to decline and colleagues are physically attacked, the willingness to work selflessly could be damaged. He didn't even want to think about that.
Honorary member of the district youth fire brigade: Honorary district fire chief Peter Heizer
Fire Brigade Cross of Honour in Gold - for 30 years district instructors: Tobias Bente, Heiner Hegering, Thomas Künig
50 years with the fire brigade: Anton Deuter (Siegertsbrunn), Honorary District Fire Inspector Erwin Ettl (Ottobrunn), Hans Resenberger (Dingharting), Gerhard Hoheneder (Pullach), Leonhard Sigl (Hohenbrunn).
50 years BRK: Christian Kreitmair (Bereitschaft Ismaning), Werner Kuroczik (Kolonne Schleißheim)
40 years of the fire brigade: Harthausen Ralf Wagner; Neuried Jakob Heckel, Stefan Lechner; Ottobrunn Bernd Müller; Planegg Günther Riermaier; Taufkirchen Günter Neuhaus; Aschheim Klaus Böhm; Dornach Christian Springer; Feldkirchen Andreas Schwiebert; Garching Erwin Binder, Herbert Hicker, Christian Schweiger; Heimstetten Ulrich Böltl; Ismaning Nikolaus Kraus, Werner Landmann, Johann Obermaier, Thomas Steinkohl, Richard Wanzinge; Kirchheim Andreas Holz; Grasbrunn Karl Graschberger senior; Oberschleißheim Joachim Gragert; Unterschleißheim Martin Metzner; Brunnthal Martin Schulz; Grünwald Gerhard Sedlmair, Reinhard Splettstößer, Alexander Steininger, Johannes Traub; Hohenschäftlarn Gerhard Sandner; Oberhaching Stefan Schlecht, Josef Willberger; Pullach Florian Oesterreicher; Helfendorf: Johann Altenweger
40 years of the BRK: Cornelia Fahrner, Markus Roßberger, Fried Saacke
40 years DLRG: Agostino Fortuna, Ursula Jochner, Sabine Hacklechner.