Penny Bartlett from Colonie is the proud Marine Mom of 26-year-old Ian and she wrote to us hoping we'd honor him as August's Hometown Hero.  Mom also told us that her son may be slightly uncomfortable with the 'fanfare' that comes along with it and decided to spend a few minutes with, in her words, why her son is so amazing.

Choking back tears at times, she told us about his three deployments, the highs and lows of serving our country, and how he's settling beautifully in Colorado working as a police officer. Penny, from all of us here, thank you for raising such a wonderful son and sharing your story with us.  And to Ian, it is our honor and our privilege to announce that you are August's Hometown Hero.  Thank you sir for all that you do.

All throughout 2019, we will be recognizing one “hero” per month based on their inspirational feats, work helping their neighbors, and everyday passion.

Click here to see how you can nominate a hero for the month of September, and stay tuned for our special way of saying thanks below.

County Waste has partnered with us to honor those in our communities who are truly making a difference.