Hours at the Boca Raton police department add on the years — if you believe Sam Iselin, hitting 100 this week, and Al Scheinberg, who's marking his 96th birthday.
The two longest-serving volunteers at the Boca police department were honored with a celebration of their upcoming February birthdays Friday. And Scheinberg, a former electronics company executive, said he probably wouldn't be around were it not for the 16,000 hours he's amassed over the past 13 years in the police communications department.
Since 2001, Scheinberg hasn't missed a day of work.
"It's been a labor of love," said the Boca resident. "This is my second family. And I don't have to pay for college. I don't have to pay an allowance."
Iselin, who ran a sewing machine store for 40 years in Manhattan, said he's thrilled to be a part of what he calls, "the finest police station in Florida." He also volunteers at the reservation desk at the library in West Boca, where he lives.
"I'm smiling, laughing every day," said Iselin, who also served in World War II.
Beverly, his wife of 43 years, said she understands it: "He just loves being around people. He could talk all day long. Give him a microphone, he'd never sit down."
Iselin also goes to his subdivision's clubhouse on a regular basis and works out on seven different machines.
"Three for the heart and four for the muscles," he said.
From that, he's on to the clubhouse's billiard room to practice his trick shots. His piece d' resistance is the getting four balls in the center pocket with one shot.
"I just got one this week," he said.
Both volunteers are still driving to their volunteer gigs.
Scheinberg said he decided to volunteer at the police department shortly after he moved to a condominium complex and went down to the pool the first day he woke up there. He retired from United Parcel Service at 79.
The conversation that morning, he said, was all about who had died and who had been taken to the hospital.
"I thought to myself, 'Al, baby, this isn't for you,'" said Scheinberg, a widower and a World War II veteran. "Monday morning, I went down to City Hall and asked, 'Can you use this old, wrecked body?'"
Boca Police Chief Dan Alexander called the two men, "a blessing," who give him inspiration.
"With these two around, you can't have a bad day," he said.
Iselin took the microphone and said, "I should get a higher position."
Alexander replied, "Yeah, I'll double your salary."
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