CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Most people look forward to retirement as a time to slow down and take it easy, but not Herb Cohn.

As a matter of fact, he plans his schedule and vacations around volunteering.

If you've been to Erlanger lately, you've probably seen him. Once a week this is where you can find Herb Cohn.

"I look forward to coming to work every Thursday," Herb says.

Herb has volunteered at Erlanger Medical Center for the past 13 years, since he retired. He's one of the first faces you'll see when you stop by the information desk, where he greets everyone with a smile and a kind word.

"Herb is a people person and he wants to help folks through that troubling time and get them on their way," Jim Brexler, Erlanger's CEO, says no matter whom you are, herb treats everyone the same. "For me, he is the first face I see when I walk in the door, and he always starts my day off with, ‘how is your family, how are the kids, how are you doing.'"

For Herb, volunteering at Erlanger is much more than just something to do. It's a passion, his way of giving back.

"I get so much out of it," he says. "I have made great friends who are so accepting of me as well as all volunteers."

When Herb is not volunteering, he spends time in his garden.  He not only has a way with people, but fruits and vegetables as well. He's a master gardener, but that's not all he's been recognized for.  He is also a Jefferson Award winner, one of the highest honors for volunteer service.

"It's a tremendous honor and I am very humble and grateful," Herb adds.

As for other retirees, Herb says it's not a time to sit down on the couch, but a time to give back. And that's exactly what he plans to keep doing for as long as he can. "They may bring me to Erlanger Thursday in a wheelchair or a walker, but as long as I can maintain my faculties, I'm going to be here."

You can read more about Herb Cohn in Friday's newspaper from our partners at the Times Free Press.

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