ONLY ON SUNRISE: Community celebrates 75 years of Billy


Billy Noss of Eau Claire hugs his honorary member plaque, given to him by the Eau Claire Police Department. He is oficially part of the department and has his own police badge.

Eau Claire, WI (WEAU) - For decades, Special Olympics Wisconsin has given those with intellectual disabilities a chance to play competitive sports. There's one local athlete who's been around longer then the nonprofit organization. But here's the catch, at 74 year's old he's still volunteering and playing ball.

Billy says, "I like softball the best."

His name is Billy Noss and in Eau Claire it’s a name everyone knows. That comes as no surprise to one of the happiest guys you'll meet.

Today he's 74, ready for 75 and always ready to volunteer or play ball.

Billy says he plays, "Outfielder, right left or left field or I'm a catcher."

He’s one guy that’s never afraid of the spotlight…well almost.

"I thought I get away from her, but she's following me around continuous. I don't know if she's running out of tape or what,” he says.

Nope Billy, there’s plenty of tape and time to capture your big heart.

Eau Claire officers say, “Billy is everywhere. He's our traffic security guy. He's been around for years." "He's telling us how to do our jobs." Billy replies, "Better believe it."

One thing you won't believe is a picture dating back to the 1980’s. It shows Billy’s dedication as a batboy for the Eau Claire Cavaliers.

Karen says, " She's getting you Billy."

For Karen Kraus with Special Olympics, Billy is her go-to guy.

She says, "He helps with traffic, he works at country jam. Honestly I don't know how the guy pulls it all off. You just know him even for a few hours and he has this huge impact on your life."

Tyler says, "He's the most friendly guy in Eau Claire. For sure.” Billy replies and says, “All the girls like me and all of that.” Tyler answer, “Fact!"

Billy says, "You know what I'm on. I'm on TV today."

After years of dedication, the real fact is what he wants most of all.

Billy points to a police badge and says, "I want one of these things. A real one."

So as 75 years approaches, the lives he touched came together to give him a surprise birthday party. But the real surprise came from the Eau Claire Police Department. They presented him with a plaque to be an honorary member and with a shiny, new police badge to call his own.

Police Chief Jerry Staniszewski says, "I think if you were to define Eau Claire he'd be right in the mix with it."

Lisa Schuetz, his pretend fiancé says, "Billy is one of the biggest ladies men not of just Eau Claire, but the Chippewa Valley. Every hug that Billy gives, there's so much behind it.

Although there's always tomorrow, he'll remember today wearing proof of what he's done for this community..

"I'm part of the police department now!” exclaims Billy.

Billy turns 75 officially on July 12th.


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