WWII Vet, 98, volunteers 17,000 plus hours at hospital

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- "What are you laughing at?" says Olen Levell Jr. with a smile as he sits in the volunteer office at Flagler Hospital.

Levell has been wearing his Flagler Hospital volunteer badge for more than 20 years.

"Everybody needs something to do," laughed Levell," I had to keep out of trouble!"

In those 20 years he has racked up some incredible hours.

"He has volunteered over 17,000 hours to date," said Clara Lugo the Director of Volunteers.

At 98-years-old, Olen still has a witty sense of humor that keeps everyone around him laughing. You could say service runs in his blood, service to others and service to our country.

"I flew 28 missions during the war and had a great crew," told Olen Levell Jr.

Olen is a World War II veteran that flew B-24s and even flew on D-Day. He loves sharing war stories with friends and other volunteers and spends most of his time in the pharmacy.

"Don't get it wrong, I don't fill any prescriptions. I just do book work," explained Levell.

But more than book work, Olen is a shining example of what it means to volunteer. He's even been named the 'Volunteer of the Year' at Flagler Hospital and he got an award from the hospital's director.

"He doesn't like the recognition, but he really deserves it," says Lugo.

"Working with the people I enjoy it and they put up with me, that's the thing. It keeps me out of trouble," laughed Olen.

So next time you visit Flagler Hospital, keep an eye out for its #1 volunteer!


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