Longtime Senior Citizens Awareness Network volunteer A.D. Key was honored Tuesday with a retirement ceremony.
Key was involved with SCAN for the last 11 years. Key said he enjoyed his time as a volunteer and said his favorite part of the experience was “I went to visit people I didn’t even know. I got to meet a lot of people.”
Sgt. Don Witherspoon said he and Key used to team up to put air conditioners in the homes of needy seniors.
“One of the first things I learned about A.D., I tried to take more of the load for these air conditioners, but I found out quick that A.D. can take his share of the load. He’s strong,” said Witherspoon.
In addition to helping bring air conditioners to area seniors, Key said he helped take heaters out, went on visits and carried meals to seniors.
“If we needed something done, we’d call A.D. and he would be there,” Witherspoon said.
Debbie Pare, SCAN director, said she was partners with Key for about three years during his time with SCAN.
“I am directionally challenged,” Pare said with a laugh. “He taught me this county. He was always one I could call on when I needed a sub or someone to work that extra day.”
Sheriff Robert Bryan presented Key with an appreciation plaque bearing his badge, and Pare and Witherspoon presented him with a gift as well.
“We want to thank him for everything he’s done. It humbles me that someone wants to volunteer their time to help this department. You’re welcome here anytime,” Bryan said.
Witherspoon closed by telling the assembled that Key was awarded a pin for 3,000 hours of service.
“That won’t even come close to what this man actually did,” he said. “He was part of SCAN before there were records for the number of hours someone volunteered,” said Witherspoon.