91-year-old Florida veteran picks up trash

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - C.S. Lewis once said, "Integrity is doing what's right, even when no one is watching."  Wally Kusenko, a 91-year-old veteran, has been spending countless hours doing what he thinks is right.

The term "free time" is difficult to define for Kusenko. 

"I'm a busy guy, I'm busy all the time."

For the last six months, along Military Trail, he has taken action against litter. Four or five times a week, he covers miles of streets and sidewalks in different directions. 

He picks up bottles, cans, trash, paper, metal, anything that is out of place. Riding on his red scooter, he hops off repeatedly to scoop up items and discard them in trash cans. He saves cans to be smashed and donates proceeds from recycling to charity.

"I'm pretty good at spotting money though," he said.

Along the way, he stops, scoops something up and exclaims, "A dime!  Ten cents!"

Charles Rose, Assistant Manager at Affordable Transmission, says his company and the customers have gotten to know Wally for his good deeds.

"And it's not just here, it's all over the place, you can see him all the time, he's always helping everybody," he said.

Wally says, he doesn't feel he needs thanks.

"I have no complaints with my life, at all," he said.

The veteran is a Bronze Star recipient. When told to "be careful" near the busy street, he scoffs.

"Honey, never say that, when you say that that's the jinx," he said.

Pride for his community and helping the environment are the reasons Kusenko says he does it.

"Even when I was a soldier, I was proud, when we used to march in the division, passing review, honey, I felt like I was the general, I walked straight you know?"

His approach is never to waste free time.

"Just get out, and keep yourself busy," he said.

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