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2016 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Floresville Man Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) From left to right: Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright, Gordon Lindley and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston.

(AUSTIN) – Gordon Lindley of Floresville, Texas was presented the Religious Service award during the Governor's 2016 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston during a ceremony held in Austin.

"The unwavering dedication of these volunteers to help others succeed is truly inspiring," said Livingston. "The impact of their efforts will be felt across the state of Texas for many years to come."

"Volunteering is not a choice for the men and women being recognized today," said Wainwright. "They see it as a responsibility and for that we're thankful."

Mr. Lindley began volunteering in 1998 after his retirement from law enforcement. He has tirelessly volunteered at the Connally Unit in Kenedy as a teacher, organizer of gospel concerts and planner of volunteer appreciation dinners. A Certified Volunteer Chaplains' Assistant, he has the duties of entering lay-ins, answering the phone, counseling offenders and assisting with other tasks whenever needed. Most recently, he has started facilitating marriage seminars.

Mr. Lindley has been a preacher for Church of Christ congregations in Colorado, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico and Texas. He has also been a chemical dependency counselor for 40 years.

Mr. Lindley was once a member of the U.S. Navy's Chuting Stars, a parachute exhibition team.

Mr. Lindley is one of 15 individuals and 6 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole or probation. They donate many hours of their personal time every year with the goal of changing the lives of convicted offenders, and aiding and comforting their victims.

In FY2015, there were over 22,000 volunteers who provided a total of 262,442 hours of service.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jason Clark, TDCJ Public Information Director, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at jason.clark@tdcj.texas.gov – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jene Andersen at jene.andersen@tdcj.texas.gov.