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Federal workers honored in Boardman after government shutdown avoided

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BOARDMAN, Ohio -

Saturday would have marked the first day of another partial government shutdown, but President Donald Trump decided to declare a "national emergency" to bypass Congress and get funding for the border wall.

Instead, federal workers affected by the longest shutdown in history were celebrated at Good Hope Lutheran Church in Boardman.

The pasta dinner was prepared to serve 150 people as a way to show support for these workers.

Many of the attendees were workers from the Federal Correctional Institution at Elkton in Columbiana County.

Valley Congressman Tim Ryan was also in attendance.

"It's incredible to see the community come together and give back to the federal workers that work so hard to protect the society and protect the community as a whole during the shutdown because we were forced to work without getting paid," said Joseph Mayle, Union President of AFGE Local 607 and FCI Elkton employee.

"I watched up close these federal employees, how much they went through," said Congressman Ryan. "A lot of them ran into a lot of trouble, even missing one paycheck, and here's our way to say thanks. They keep us safe, watch the prisons, prosecute the crimes and take care of us in so many ways at the airport, so we should all be thankful."

Organizers planned to take any leftovers from the dinner to the local Rescue Mission.

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