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Ray Ball is motivated â€” driven â€” by something unknown to most men.
Frankly, itâ€™s hard to tack down just â€śwhatâ€ť keeps him going.
Whatever it is, though, the city of Claremont is sure happy it exists.
For the past two years, Ball â€” a disabled Army and Navy veteran â€” 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, heâ€™s a full-time volunteer â€” and he loves every minute of it.
â€śI like dealing with the community,â€ť Ball said. â€śI 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.â€ť
To read more of this story, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.