CARLISLE, PA ,US
SFC, HHC, 55TH BRIGADE, FORWARD 2, SCRANTON, PA
08/27/2007, FOB NARAY, AFGHANISTAN
Master Sgt. Scott R. Ball, 38, of Carlisle, died Monday August 27, 2007 in Afghanistan.
Born February 25, 1969 in Daytona Beach, FL, he was the son of Margaret Knotts Bertrand of Duncannon and the late William Richard Ball.
Scott was a devoted husband, dedicated Dad, Super Son, Great son-in-law, loving brother and true friend. He loved God and his Country; he attended Bethel Assembly of God, Carlisle. Scott believed that Knowledge is Power. Scott was a 1988 graduate of West Perry High School and a 1993 graduate of HACC. He excelled in all his accomplishments. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1992 completing basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, after completion of Airborne School. He was then stationed in Bamberg, Germany. He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne and served in Desert Storm. After transferring to the Army National Guard, he was assigned to Germany providing force protection as a result of 9/11. He finished air assault school and was then deployed to Afghanistan.
He was a CSO in Lower Allen Twp. in 1992 and a police officer in Lower Merion Twp. in 1995. He graduated in 2000 from the PA State Police Academy and became a PA State Trooper. His stations included Media, York, and Chambersburg before joining the Carlisle station on July 6, 2002. He was a member of the State Police Motorcycle Unit and served as a field-training officer who mentored new troopers.
Scott held a pilot license with Harrisburg Jet Center; and was a volunteer fire fighter with the Shermans Dale Fire Dept. He had many achievements and accomplishments. He enjoyed family, friends, dirt track racing, football, music and traveling. His affiliations were with Blue Knights, Harley Owners Group, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Assoc., and the FOP; and belonged to the Sara Evans fan club.
Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife of 16 years, Leslie McAlister Ball; one son and daughter, Tyler and Allie Ball; 3 sisters, Tammy Ball, New Bloomfield, Laura Krout, Carlisle and Billie Jo Hibbard and her husband, Jeff, Missouri; his father and mother in-law, Lester and Pauline McAlister, Mt. Holly Springs; step-father, William Bertrand, Duncannon; and his step-brother, Dickson Bertrand and wife, Brandi, Louisiana.