For Larry and Arlene Connell volunteering over seven-years of service at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has flown by. In 2006, Sheriff Torres pitched the Welcoming In Senior Helpers (WHIS) program as an avenue to give back to their community.
“Dan Torres used to go to school with my boys so it was a no brainer,” said Arlene Connell. “At first, I did not know if we got the position, it took several months to get through the Sheriff’s Office background check.”
Little did they know they would spend the next seven-years volunteering one-day a week at the Sheriff’s Office.
Over the years, Larry Connell can be seen mending and fixing furniture throughout the Sheriff’s Office. “I have installed over 300 beacon lights for seniors throughout Lincoln County,” said Larry Connell. In fact, Larry’s donated shelving to the Sheriff’s Office he personally built and fixed countless tables and chairs.
Larry spent several years in the U.S. Army training soldiers on the M14 during the Vietnam era. He later retired from Boeing in 1999. Arlene retired in 2005 after 29-years working for the Troy RIII School District.
“I am very thankful for the time Larry and Arlene spend at the Sheriff’s Office. They have become part of the Sheriff’s Office family over the years and we enjoy their company,” said Sheriff Cottle. “They have truly made a difference in the lives of my staff and me; I hope they stick around for another seven-years.”
“Larry and I do not volunteer our time for recognition, we just want to give back to the people of Lincoln County,” said Arlene.