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Bruce Stresemann is Jefferson Good People Award Recipient

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Being a good neighbor means different things to different people but folks in the community of Comfrey all agree, they have a neighbor that tops the list in every category. Bruce Stresemann says, "Comfrey really came together in 98 when we had a tornado come through. Everybody really bonded together."

Helping in that rebuilding process was Bruce Stresemann. He spent more than 30 years as an educator here, but now what drives him is volunteering. Bruce says, "I wanted to give back to this community because they've allowed me and my family to live here for now, 40 years. I owe it to them and I just really enjoy doing it. People are so thankful for the little things you do for them."

The community says Bruce makes a big difference by doing what he calls those little things...driving neighbors who can't drive themselves, reading at a local nursing home.  But he also takes on big tasks like organizing youth rec programs, and getting Comfrey involved in a food shelf.

Bruce says, "You don't realize how many people need food and need help. We've got people out of work, people that have low paying jobs." At 64 years of age, he keeps the community spirit born out of the 98 tornado going strong by helping to plan Community Days each summer.  "I'll keep doing it because I get so much more out of it. Volunteering that's what has made our country strong and will keep our country strong." A pillar of strength in his community, Bruce Stresemann, a KEYC Jefferson Good People Award Recipient.