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Red Cross Honors Volunteers

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- It was a night of awards at the Country Gentleman on Wednesday, April 16th. The Benton Franklin chapter of the Red Cross honored many of their volunteers.

Eleven of them got awards for different kinds of contributions to the community, including exceptional service and distinguished blood services. Another two dozen were given pins to honor their years of service with the Red Cross.

The red cross currently has 200 volunteers and they say they're always looking for more.

"If we didn't have volunteers, there wouldn't be the response we have for fires, there wouldn't be the help we have with military emergencies, there would not be the ability to teach babysitting classes and CPR and first aid classes the way we do," said Jeanne Jelke, with the Benton Franklin chapter of the Red Cross.

And several organizations in the community were also recognized, including our station. Allison Cordova was there to receive the Community Spirit Award for KNDU.

This year's Volunteer of the Year award went to Don Wicks. Wicks has been with the Red Cross for three years and is the current Disaster Services Chair.