SUNRISE (CBSMiami) – Every week in partnership with the Florida Panthers we put the spotlight on a hero among us.READ MORE: Exclusive CBS4 News Interview: New Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Dr. Jose Dotres On Challenges Ahead
This week we highlight WWII Veteran Alfred Ferris who served in the US Army for more than 27 years.
He was overseas for three tours and spent quite some time in Berlin, at the same time the Berlin Wall was being put up.READ MORE: Broward Sheriff's Investigators Looking For Two People Accused In Gas Station Confrontation
He was referred to as an agent handler, recruiting people to be spies for US intelligence.
It was a job he remembers vividly and has this to say about it, “One night I had to wade through sewer water to meet the East Germans and get them to safety in the west. I felt that being in the military was part of what I should have been doing at that time.”
He received the ranking of lieutenant colonel and was recently honored at a Florida Panthers game as the Community Coffee Hero Among Us.MORE NEWS: Police Chase Led To Crash In Lauderhill, Two BSO Deputies Hurt, Driver Charged
We at CBS4 would also like to say thank you for your service.