It's time a hard working soldier gets the recognition back home that they deserve.

Submission by Joline Lehman
Submission by Joline Lehman

Meet Charles Harshbarger

There is no one better to give a shout-out to than Charles. From when he was just a kid to now, you knew he'd be a leader and make an impact.

Charles is from Dolgeville, New York and has been a United States Marine since 2019. He' an Avionics Technician in the Marine Corps Reserves and is extremely proud to serve his country. But believe it or not, that's not all he does.

When Harshbarger is back home in New York, there is no time off for him. He's busy not working just one, but two jobs. One of those being his healthcare position at The Grand Rehabilitation Center in Ilion.

Credit - The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Mohawk Valley
Credit - The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Mohawk Valley

If you asked anyone, they'd say Charles is always lending a helping hand to anyone he sees or knows.

Even a stranger walking down the street... he will offer a ride to wherever they're going.

Proud of His Roots

Charles comes from a wonderful, loving family. They were always taking in foster kids and adopting them as their own. This included Charles, who has been grateful for every moment of it.

His family helped establish his humble, caring, and giving roots. And he hopes to share that love with everyone else he meets.

Credit - Joline Lehman
Credit - Joline Lehman

Thank you Charles for your service. You are an absolute inspiration and true definition of a hero. It's the little things you do that change peoples lives, and we are extremely grateful to have someone like you represent Central New York with pride.

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Include their name, a picture, and why they should be recognized during 'First Responder Friday." We'll honor one first responder every Friday and as a way to say thank you, we'll give them a Bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes.

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