Dennis Devlin of Washougal, Washington, was awarded the 2013
"Lefty Gomez Volunteer of the Year Award." Babe Ruth League
established this award in honor of the late Lefty Gomez, who served
as a member of the Babe Ruth League Board of Directors for 25 years, and who was extremely fond of
the many volunteers in the program who gave of their time and
resources to ensure a wholesome experience for the
participants. This award is the highest honor to be bestowed
upon a volunteer in the Babe Ruth program.
Dennis has been involved in Babe Ruth Baseball since 1991
where he began as a player. In 1994, he began his coaching
career where he had the pleasure of coaching his younger brother
for three years before leaving baseball to start a family.
Devlin has been serving as a manager and coach for the
Camas/Washougal Babe Ruth League for the past seven years. He
believes in his community and leading by example when it comes to
sportsmanship, hard work, and in being a good citizen.
Professionally, Dennis has served as a police officer for
Vancouver, Washington, for the past ten years, the same community
where he grew up.
Earlier this year, Dennis and his fellow officers, Tom Topaum
and Brian Viles, were the first to respond to a 911 call for an
apartment fire. After learning there was a person possibly
trapped inside, the officers knocked down the apartment door, even
though they were not wearing any gear to protect them.
The residence was full of thick smoke and they could see
flames. Dennis got a fire extinguisher from his vehicle and
sprayed the flames so they could have better access. He and
Topaum then got on their hands and knees and tried to find the
person trapped inside - 66-year-old Karen Kimberling. Viles
got a gas mask from his patrol vehicle and entered the
With the help of Devlin and Topaum, Viles pulled Kimberling out,
just as the fire erupted and consumed the entire apartment.
Firefighters and medical personnel soon arrived and took Kimberling
to the hospital. Although Kimberling was alive due to the
officers' bravery and selflessness, she died later that day.
Dennis Devlin is an exceptional human being and one of Babe Ruth
League's unsung heroes who deserves to be acknowledged for the
countless hours he has spent serving his community and the Babe
Ruth League progrm. Whether is is for his players, his
family, or putting his life on the line for someone else's family,
Dennis always goes above and beyond the call of duty.
Dennis has been married for 19 years. He and his wife have
two sons, 17 ad 19-years-old.