Bill Kindle is a stranded marine mammal’s best friend. What else is Bill? Pilot. Zoologist. And, president of Kindle Ford-Lincoln and owner of Kindle Auto Plaza in Cape May Court House, New Jersey.
This seaside community is Bill’s passion. Following in his father’s footsteps, his passion is not only about helping his customers find their perfect Ford vehicles through the dealership; he and his father also are fueled by making a difference in people’s lives.
He’s a volunteer pilot with Angel Flight Northeast, taking those in need of critical medical care by air to the hospital, such as for a transplant. “I’ve done 50 or so of these flights. Sometimes it tears my heart out, but good or bad, it’s satisfying to help,” Bill said. “I probably just like helping people.”
Also a trained zoologist, he has been very active for more than 20 years with the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, which helps stranded marine mammals such as seals, sea turtles and dolphins. “In the winter, we are very busy with the marine life that becomes stranded on the beach, and in the spring, we help with the sea turtle rescues,” he noted. “We use our specially equipped trucks to help rescue turtles and seals.” He is involved in the transport to locate them as well as taking care of the maintenance needs and repairs for the organization’s trucks.
Bill is being honored by Ford with a 2014 Salute to Dealers award for his work within his community and for the impact he’s having on so many lives.
To meet some of the previous recipients of the award, click here.