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Egyptian immigrant among 25 people who became US citizens in Eugene Friday

More than 25 people from 13 different countries became US citizens at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Eugene, May 12, 2017. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. -- More than 25 people from 13 different countries became US citizens Friday at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Eugene.

Among them was LTD employee George Zakhary, an immigrant from Egypt.

He says he’s been working for three years to become a United States citizen.

He's been working in LTD’'s customer service department for two years and even earned LTD's “Employee of the Month” honor.

Zakhary's coworkers came out to celebrate his big day at the courthouse.

"(I’m) very lucky and very fortunate to practice democracy and to have a voice,” Zakhary said, “the voice counts as well; very very lucky."

Zakhary says he’s going to continue to work at LTD as well as pursue a certificate in real estate.

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