Eureka College Senior Helping Save Bartonville Lives

Extra Effort: Ray Vogel

EUREKA, Ill. - As a two-sport athlete, Ray Vogel wears football and baseball uniforms at Eureka College.

But his favorite gear is the stuff he puts on as a volunteer firefighter in Bartonville.

"My grandpas are both firefighters, my dad was a fireman," Vogel explained. "I was always around it as a kid. I always wanted to be a firefighter so I stayed with it."

He started on the department in 2013 when he was Limestone High School student. Since then, he's learned how to drive the trucks, responded to emergency calls and hazardous material situations, even water rescues.

All while working towards a degree in environmental science.

"When I'm at home, I'm always on call," Vogel said. "I have my pager with me. When you have your pager,
someone needs you."

Vogel is a senior at Eureka, on target to graduate in May.

"We give him a leave of absence from the department when he goes to school so he can stay up on
his academics and strive hard for his football and baseball teams," said Bartonville fire captain Drew Zachman. "When he's off in the summer, he gives us his all."

Someday, he'd like to fight forest fires. But for now Vogel wants to help people in his hometown when they need it the most.

"it makes your heart sink a little bit because you are going to help somebody. At the same time, you're going to help them out and be there for them," said Vogel. "It's why I do it. The biggest thing is you're working with people's lives. It makes you step up and mature a lot."


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