The Fishers Freedom Festival awarded its sixth annual winner of the “William D. Kehl Jr. Volunteer of the Year” award to Art Hennig.  This prestigious award was presented by the Kehl family to Hennig during the Fishers Freedom Festival’s Opening Ceremonies.

Art Hennig has volunteered for a lengthy list of organizations and companies.  These include U.S. Rowing, Horizon League, RCA Championships, Youth Links, NCAA basketball, World Police & Fire Games, Clarian North, PAN AM Games, Superbowl, Fishers Freedom Festival, and his neighborhood association board.

A 2010 graduate of the Fishers Police Department Citizens Academy, Hennig took on many responsibilities as an FPD Volunteer by following up with crime victims, answering their questions and providing victim assistance referrals as needed.  Hennig has been active with the Citizens Police Academy Alumni group with all their activities including fundraisers at Frye’s Electronics, providing food and support at the FPD Annual Officer’s meeting, providing support at the FPD Open House, and working the front reception area at the Police Department.

Recently, a Records civilian staff member needed to take significant time off from work. Hennig quickly volunteered to provide the support needed by helping in the reception area on the average of 25 hours of volunteer work per week for the last two months.

Selected by a panel of judges who reviewed all nominations, Hennig displayed exceptional dedication and commitment towards helping Fishers residents.  All award recipients are Fishers residents that have made a positive impact on the community by helping individuals, organizations or the Town of Fishers.  These winners have gone above and beyond to help or support others while being wonderful role-models.

Past recipients of this award were Dub and Jeanne Clark in 2007, Mary Pat McKee in 2008, Deta Lasley in 2009, Brad Jackson in 2010, and Ellen Huckabee in 2011.  This award was named in loving memory of William D. Kehl Jr. whose life was tragically cut short and who dedicated many years to the Fishers Freedom Festival and the Town of Fishers.  He was an intricate part of our community and will always be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his drive to be the best at everything, and his absolute dedication to his community.