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Passing of Founding Member and First Fire Chief *UPDATED*

*** UPDATE #2***

There will be a procession from the funeral home to the cemetery in Cheltenham. (Hearse and family only will be allowed in the gate) Any department wishing to participate in the funeral procession please contact Robert Small 240-417-1921

Due to the current pandemic, a celebration of life will take place at a later date.


Visitation Lee Funeral Home Clinton MD Thursday, May 28 2-4pm, 6-8pm only 10 people will be allowed in at a time.

Funeral Lee Funeral Home Clinton MD  Friday, May 29 0900


The Ritchie Volunteer Fire Department regrets to announce the passing of Founding member and first Fire Chief Joe Ball. Joe was the driving force behind the creation of the department and paved the way for what we have become today. He served as Fire Chief until 1982 and continued to be a mentor over the years since. Please keep his family friends along with the department in your thoughts.

As information becomes available for services we will provide updates.