Baltimore Orioles to honor Sarasota volunteer for his work with wounded veterans

John Helme (left) and Kevin Kenney, (right) volunteers for Operation Second Chance, carry Charlie Lemon of Tampa over the finish line at Operation Second Chance’s first ever SUP & OR RUN (stand-up paddleboard and run event) in May 2015. Kenney is being honored by the Baltimore Orioles Sunday for his volunteer work with wounded veterans. Herald-Tribune File Photo/Carla Varisco

Kevin Kenney does more for wounded veterans in a week than most people do in an entire lifetime.

The retired Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office major and former Army helicopter pilot is Florida’s “boots on the ground” for Operation Second Chance, a national veterans’ charity, as well as a founder and board member of OSC’s Sarasota offshoot, Operation Patriot Support.

If he’s not planning a charity event, connecting like-minded groups or visiting hospital bays, he’s taking a veteran hunting or fishing.

When it comes to veterans, Kevin has no off-switch.

On Sunday March 11, the Orioles will honor Kevin at their home game for his “advocacy for military veterans and their families.”

He will be named a “Birdland Community Hero,” which the team describes as thus:

BIRDLAND COMMUNITY HEROES: During each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday home game, the Orioles recognize community heroes who have inspired others through their spirited commitment to extend a hand in charity, service, hope and harmony with the Birdland Community Heroes award. This recognition honors the heroism of members of the extended Orioles community from all walks of life, occupations, and diverse backgrounds living in our region, our country, and abroad, who have distinguished themselves by selflessly working or volunteering in fields that care for, serve, protect, and improve the lives of others who are most in need, around the corner or around the globe.

Congrats, Kevin!

This is very well deserved!





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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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