Volunteers honored with governor’s award

Dennis Wahl, a Senior Companion volunteer at Lutheran Community Services Northwest, and Fred Lewis, who’s 101 years old and a volunteer in the RSVP program in Bremerton, are among 42 volunteers from across Washington who were named as recipients of the 2014 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.

They were formally recognized on the turf at Safeco Field in Seattle during a Mariners baseball game.

In three years with Senior Companion, Wahl has contributed 2,449 hours of time and has provided more than 482 trips to seniors in Kitsap County. He serves clients who are paralyzed, vision-impaired or have chronic disabilities. He provides companionship as well as transportation to medical appointments and for grocery shopping.

Lewis has been volunteering for many years with RSVP.