Friedensau chief firefighter honored for his commitment

22. Oct. 2019

On October 3, 2019, the Day of German Unity, honorary residents from the 27 districts of the town of Möckern were honored for their special commitment in the town hall in Möckern. Christoph Wendler received an award for his almost 20 years of service in the Friedensau Volunteer Fire Brigade. Christoph Wendler, an employee of Friedensau Adventist University (FAU), did not only perform a valuable honorary service over many years as a machinist, equipment keeper, and troop leader, but also has the greatest experience in the local fire brigade. Due to the fact that the students working in the volunteer fire brigade leave Friedensau after their graduation, there is a high staff turnover in the local volunteer fire brigade. In contrast to this, Christoph Wendler lives in Friedensau permanently and is highly committed to constant and reliable work in fire protection and emergency situations.

"I cannot think of a Germany without honorary office", said Holger Maier, Deputy Mayor of Möckern: "Volunteers make a significant contribution to the functioning of our society. Even the local self-administration of villages, towns, and districts would not work without volunteers."

The town council praised Christoph Wendler as a role model for the troop, who is also successfully working together with international comrades.

Friedensau Volunteer Fire Brigade was established in 1903 after the fire of the old cowshed. The old fire station from 1903 was converted into a shop café and meeting place in the 2010s and ceremoniously re-opened in 2012. The Friedensau Volunteer Fire Brigade got a new building in 2003.