Updated: 10/07/2013 8:36 AM |
Created: 10/07/2013 8:32 AM
By: Heather Mills, KOB Eyewitness News 4
More than 70 years ago, he fought for our country in World War II. Now, he's still helping his fellow veterans by escorting them to and from their medical appointments within the VA… as a volunteer.
It's a path Dave Townsend knows well. He's been wheeling patients up and down the hallways of the Raymond G Murphy VA Medical Center for 22 years. Townsend started the evening volunteer escort program within the medical center. While the job hasn't changed much, the stories always do. Townsend loves to tell stories.
"I went in when I was 18 and it was in 1942," Townsend said. As a World War II Veteran, he has plenty of memories to share. "You knew when the buzz bomb was gonna come down. It put, put, putted along and when it stopped puttin' you knew it was coming down," he said.
Townsend has racked up nearly 13,000 volunteer hours, swapping stories and making friends. "I visited him then for the next five years at least, maybe 10, I don't know. We became good friends," he said, describing one patient.
Now, at 89 years old, Townsend says he has no plans to slow down. He describes his age as, "eight point nine decades." Adding, "I'm still going strong."
In fact, he still has plenty to say, "I have another Brooklyn story, if you don't mind." He could go on and on.
Townsend says he's not the hero, he says it's the nurses that he works with every day that are the true heroes. He says they're the most compassionate people he's ever dealt with.