Ballston couple recognized for many decades of volunteerism

— But the couple wasn’t happy with just volunteering. Both of them were responsible for initiating programs in both the BLAC and BLFD. Joyce headed a committee that initiated the First Response Vehicle that was donated by Terry Morris from Morris Ford.

Herb was in charge of the feasibility, placement and oversaw the construction of the current emergency squad building, which was built in 1995.

“We did it on a budget of $300,000,” he said. “No one thought we could do it, but we got it done with help from the community.”

Herb joined the fire department at age 18, but left briefly for a few months when his family moved, but then came right back.

“I couldn’t stay away, I guess,” he said.

Joyce joined the ambulance squad after she had married Herb and saw several accidents that left her feeling helpless because she couldn’t do anything to help.

Herb is a lifelong resident of Ballston Lake and Joyce has lived there since she was 7. They even lived on the same street at one point. But they laughed when asked how they fell in love.

“I’ve always loved her,” said Herb, “but she wouldn’t have anything to do with me in high school.”

It wasn’t until Herb came back and saw Joyce one day while he was driving one of the fire trucks.

“I hit the air horn to scare her and she jumped about 5 feet in the air,” he laughed. “I’m not giving her away now. I’ve had too much trouble training her!”

Both said volunteering is its own reward because of all the friends they have made over the years and the camaraderie they share.

“It is something we do for the community,” said Joyce. “When those sirens go off, everything else is on hold.”

Along those lines, they both wish more people would volunteer.

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