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Sergeant recognized for his years of service


Rotary gives Sgt. Neil Hennelly Service Above Self award

by: SUBMITTED - Sgt. Neil Hennelly is the 2013 recipient of the West Linn Rotary's Service Above Self award through Rotary International. Hennelly has been with the West Linn Police Department for 23 years.Police Sgt. Neil Hennelly is a staple in West Linn. From his 23 years of service in the West Linn Police Department, Rotary membership and hours upon hours of volunteer work, Hennelly is known for giving his time and energy across the city.

Because of his service, the West Linn Rotary awarded Hennelly the Service Above Self award for 2013. This is the Rotary’s highest honor for an individual Rotarian. It recognizes Rotarians who have shown exemplary humanitarian service with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts to the community.

“Neil is a dynamo. He is always into something, always doing something,” Sgt. Dave Kempas said. “I think it is very well deserved.”by: SUBMITTED - The Service Above Self award recognizes up to 150 Rotarians annually for their dedication and service to the community.

Hennelly recently marked his 23rd year of service at the police department. In that time he has served the city in a number of capacities both as an employee and as a citizen.

“It’s quite an honor,” Hennelly said. “I’m just humbled by the honor. I truly am. It means a tremendous amount.”

His service and achievements include being a department trainer, member of the traffic safety committee, detective, and the face and voice of the police department as the public information officer.

Hennelly has served on the Robinwood Neighborhood Association, performed numerous volunteer activities such as the Shop With a Cop program and was instrumental in starting the 789Jam dance for middle school and young high school children. He also volunteers during the city’s annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors event.

Of his job and his volunteer work, Hennelly said, “You do it to try to make your space a better place. I try to do that professionally and personally.”

Chief Terry Timeus said, “Sgt. Hennelly embodies the level of service and commitment that this department strives to achieve for our community.”

The Service Above Self award through Rotary International recognizes up to 150 Rotarians annually. Current district governors, directors and past directors nominate up to three candidates each year.

“I’m just really floored they thought of me. There’s a lot of great people out there doing great things,” Hennelly said.

Last year’s recipient in West Linn was former Trail Blazer Brian Grant, who is also the founder of the Brian Grant Foundation, a resource for those with Parkinson’s.