ENID, Okla. —
Bob Farrell retired in 2011 after working 41 years for the Air Force, both on active duty and as a civilian employee.
But since he retired he hasn’t exactly been sitting around with his feet up.
Farrell volunteers for a number of organizations throughout Enid, a labor of love that began during his 25-year active duty Air Force career, at which time he rose to the rank of chief master sergeant.
“Most of my military assignments were kind of brief, here and there, or there was a lot of temporary duty, so it didn’t give me an opportunity to do a lot until I came to Enid,” said Farrell. “I was on active duty when I started volunteering.”
Volunteering. he said, gives him a chance to “feel like I’m giving something to the community, but I’m getting so much more than I’m giving. It provides me an opportunity to give back, to say thanks in a lot of different ways.”
On the ground
He worked with Cimarron Valley Chapter of American Red Cross, emceeing the group’s annual fundraising extravaganzas. He also served on the group’s board of directors and later became chairman of the board.
On April 21, 1999, he and other Red Cross volunteers responded when a tornado hit Carrier.
His most vivid memory of his Red Cross days involved “going over there and working and helping to clear debris and doing assessments in families’ homes,” he said. “They were just glad to see people there that were willing to help.”
A little TV time
PEGASYS, Enid’s public-access television station, was another of Farrell’s volunteer projects, and he sat on that group’s board, as well.
“I think the community is missing the boat here when they don’t really pay attention to things that are on PEGASYS,” he said.