Scottsdale Salutes 16-year Adopt-A-Road volunteer Ron Shoemaker

Community pride and a desire to see a “clean road” has led one Valley resident to lend his time and energy toward picking up after others along a stretch of road in North Scottsdale.

Longtime Scottsdale volunteer Ron Shoemaker has been maintaining a two-mile section of Pima Road since 1999.

Ron Shoemaker (submitted photo)

Ron Shoemaker (submitted photo)

“My partner at the time was doing it before we became partners,” said Mr. Shoemaker in a Oct. 21 phone interview. “He’s been doing it since about ’92 or ’93.”

The two now maintain the two-mile area on Pima together with the help of Mr. Shoemaker’s aunt.

Mr. Shoemaker has continued volunteering in Scottsdale, even though he is now a resident of Laveen.

“I like to see a clean area when I’m driving,” said Mr. Shoemaker. “Plus it is good exercise and it makes me feel good.”

Mr. Shoemaker has adopted a road in Phoenix as well.

“I only do that one about every two or three months,” said Mr. Shoemaker. “It doesn’t get as dirty as (the) Scottsdale road.”

Mr. Shoemaker said there is a large amount of trash on Pima Road.

“We usually get six to eight bags a month – it’s amazing,” he said.

Because of the amount of trash on the Scottsdale road, Mr. Shoemaker said the three do the route at least once a month.

In addition to helping the community, Mr. Shoemaker is an inventory team lead for the pharmacy at Humana, a health insurance company.

Mr. Shoemaker and his partner both work for the company, although they didn’t know that when they met, he said.

“He’s my best friend,” said Mr. Shoemaker.

In 2007, he was recognized as a Scottsdale Community Hero, in which the award calls his perseverance “inspiring.”  Although he now lives in Laveen, Mr. Shoemaker was a Scottsdale resident from 1999 to 2011.

To learn more about volunteering in the city of Scottsdale visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov.

To nominate a volunteer for Scottsdale Salutes, e-mail mfittro@newszap.com.

Northeast Valley News Services Editor Melissa Rosequist can be e-mailed at mrosequist@newszap.com or can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/mrosequist_.

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