Clearwater, Florida-Imagine still volunteering at the age of 92! This is reality for Harvey Huber of Clearwater, who turned 97 on Monday and was celebrated by a dozen police and firefighters.
The first respondent organized a driving birthday party for Huber. Huber volunteered for the Clearwater Police Department for 10 years from 82 to 92 years old. He also served as a member of the Marine Corps in World War II, serving in Japan and South Korea.
However, Huber, who was only 97 years old and devoted most of his life to service, remained modest and prudent.
“I really don’t think this (referring to the birthday parade) is what I deserve. I’m just an ordinary person. I try to keep a low profile,” Huber said.
This Clearwater resident has been involved in beach patrols for many years, serving as a crossing guard, assisting in traffic patrols, and replenishing our firefighters and police on hot summer days.
“I don’t know if you can call it work, I just nudge,” he said with a smile.
Lieutenant Nathan Burnside of the Clearwater Police Department said this is more important than Huber’s leadership.
“Volunteers are amazing. They came here and dedicated their time, which is invaluable to us. They are the eyes and ears of the police department,” he said.
Therefore, despite Huber’s modesty, community leaders hope that the 97-year-old will know that he can make a difference.
“He invested a lot of time and energy in the police department to help us, so this is a way we can surprise him and help him celebrate his birthday,” Burnside explained.
Huber told ABC Action News that if it weren’t for the recent injury, he would still volunteer there because this is why our community works.