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Salute Our Troops | A vet's lifelong service benefits our community

Donald Woodmancy says he knew what he wanted to do in life when he was 8 years old. He enjoyed a career in law enforcement and he's still serving today as a volunteer with the Mesquite Police Department. (KSNV)

Every month we like to 'Salute Our Troops' by recognizing individuals in our community who go the extra mile to make our community great.

Our nominee this time is someone who served eight years in the Air Force.

Donald Woodmancy says he knew what he wanted to do in life when he was 8 years old.

He enjoyed a career in law enforcement. He's still serving today as a volunteer.

Woodmancy is doing today what he's always wanted to do.

As a citizen volunteer with the Mesquite Police Department, he's already logged nearly 13,000 hours.

A labor of love? Indeed!

"I've always wanted to be a policeman," said Woodmancy.

His career began in the military as an air policeman. He provided security to Air Force flight lines, guarding highly specialized aircraft.

After the military, Woodmancy joined the San Diego Sheriff's Department and ultimately retired in Mesquite. His work as a volunteer includes: serving subpoenas, patrolling schools and neighborhoods, and even assisting the K-9 search and rescue team.

"He cares about the volunteers, he cares about the city, the people who live here, and it shows every day," said Craig Christensen General (ret.), U.S. Army National Guard.

Woodmancy was nominated by friends and fellow volunteers who say he's top-notch in what he does and as a person.

"Nobody's going to pay me to do it anymore, so I do it as a volunteer," said Woodmancy.

We're definitely lucky to have him here in Las Vegas.

If you know an active or retired military member, male or female, who goes above and beyond in our community, we would like to recognize them. To make a submission, CLICK HERE.

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