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WCCO: Freed Hikers, Their Families Thank Senators

Two American hikers held for more than two years in an Iranian prison thanked U.S. senators on Wednesday for their help in pressing for their release.

Joined by family members who never stopped smiling, Joshua Fattal and Shane Bauer traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Al Franken, D-Minn., to express their gratitude for their work.


Two American hikers held for more than two years in an Iranian prison thanked U.S. senators on Wednesday for their help in pressing for their release.

Joined by family members who never stopped smiling, Joshua Fattal and Shane Bauer traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Al Franken, D-Minn., to express their gratitude for their work.

Fattal and Bauer later met privately with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

“These families were remarkable throughout this whole thing,” Franken said during a meeting at Casey’s office. “They stuck together. They brought an incredible amount of intelligence and creativity. They had to exercise a lot of strength at times.”

The session was marked by laughter about racing off planes and being smothered by a parent’s hugs.

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