Crestview man, Florida's Knight of the Year, sets standard for volunteerism, community involvement

Published: Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 08:14 PM.

"He is absolutely amazing," Herb Fosman said. "He acts like he is 26 ... he puts a lot of younger members to shame."

An inspiration

Liedel's high involvement and energy earned him the local council's recognition earlier this month; that made him eligible for state candidacy.

"They look at the overall contributions of the (candidates)," said Gene Calabro, the group's master knight. "(Liedel) has made contributions in many areas, and he has been doing that for many years."

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic organization that promotes charity, unity and fraternity, according to its website. Liedel — who learned about his award May 24 during a state banquet in Orlando — said he's happy to see involvement in the organization become a family tradition.

"My father was a knight; I have been a knight for the past 20 years. I have two sons who are knights living in Michigan, and now my grandson (Billy Thompson) just started this year." Liedel said.

Thompson said Liedel's example inspires him.

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