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Retired trooper takes the law to Children's Village

April 24, 2008

Name: Allen Swope

Age: 70

Resides in: Williamsport area

Q: Where do you volunteer and what do you do there?

A: "I'm on the board at Children's Village of Washington County, currently serving as secretary," Swope said.

As a retired Maryland State Police trooper and former barrack commander in Hagerstown, he is very involved in the law enforcement curricula at the school, which was begun in 1990.

As a volunteer, Swope made several trips to Tennessee to bring back mini cars for the village.

Q: What prompted you to begin volunteering?

A: A longtime public servant, Swope said he wanted to continue doing things that are beneficial to Washington County after retirement.

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Q: Your biggest reward as a volunteer?

A: "I have been able to talk with people in their teens and 20s and learn how their experiences at Children's Village affected them," Swope said.

And in his volunteering with the Travelers Protective Association, Swope said that group has donated approximately 1,700 DNA identification kits to Washington County Public Schools for kindergartners.

Q: What impact has volunteering had on your life?

A: He said his volunteer work keeps him busy and healthy. And he enjoys working with other volunteers.

Q: What keeps you busy when you're not volunteering?

A: "My wife and I like to travel and we do a lot of walking on the C&O Canal," Swope said.

Swope said he is also still active in Citizens for the Protection of Washington County, which monitors water quality and strives for smart development.

If you want to volunteer with Children's Village of Washington County, call 301-733-4443.

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