Claremont's full-time volunteer

Ray Ball is motivated — driven — by something unknown to most men.

Frankly, it’s hard to tack down just “what” keeps him going.

Whatever it is, though, the city of Claremont is sure happy it exists.

For the past two years, Ball — a disabled Army and Navy veteran — has averaged anywhere from 20-60 hours per week volunteering at the Claremont Fire Department. He works for no pay, no special benefits, just a passion to serve his community.

As strange as it sounds, he’s a full-time volunteer — and he loves every minute of it.

“I like dealing with the community,” Ball said. “I deal with a lot of kids when I do fire prevention, and I get a lot of appreciation out of doing that. I just enjoy it.”

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