Ballston couple recognized for many decades of volunteerism

— “It is a big problem today,” said Herb. “People don’t have the time anymore. It was different years ago. Years ago the fire department was the nucleus of the community. It’s not a little community anymore.”

Joyce agreed.

“It’s a matter of getting people interested,” she said. “People don’t think about it and don’t realize who that person was who just saved their life.”

Joyce added the ambulance squad even pays for training, which is around $6,600 per person, in exchange for the volunteer giving two years of service.

“That’s all we ask for,” she said.

The couple also pointed out that Saratoga County was the last county in the state with ambulance corps that are made up entirely by volunteers.

“There is a pride in knowing that,” said Herb.

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