Fulton resident, Afghan immigrant becomes U.S. citizen

Sardar Sherzad accepts the certificate declaring him a United States citizen March 14 at a ceremony in Kansas City. Sherzad has lived in Fulton since he and his family left his homeland of Afghanistan in 2008.

Sardar Sherzad accepts the certificate declaring him a United States citizen March 14 at a ceremony in Kansas City. Sherzad has lived in Fulton since he and his family left his homeland of Afghanistan in 2008.

Sardar Sherzad has held a lot of titles over the years.

The 34-year-old is a husband to his wife, Breshna, and father to their four children. He was a doctor in his homeland of Afghanistan, where he was also a translator for U.S. officials working to improve the country’s infrastructure following combat there. That job also gave him a new title — possible target for the Taliban — due to his help of the Americans.

After coming to America with the help of friend and Westminster College President Barney Forsythe in 2008, he has become a Fultonian and an employee in a toxicology lab for the Missouri Department of Corrections.

But one title he has never held has been “American” — not until March 14. After five years in the country he now calls home, he has earned his citizenship, officially ending in a ceremony in Kansas City surrounded by his family and friends.

“It feels very, very great,” Sherzad said of his new status. “From the time I was here, I was feeling like home, but with officially being a citizen, and being able to have the rights and responsibilities as Americans in American land, was something I had been waiting for a long time.

“Now I feel a lot (more) comfortable, and I feel like I am definitely at home.”

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