UTICA, N.Y. --- A local man was honored on Saturday for his work trying to prevent and halt the spread of drugs and addiction in our community.
Frank Shackleford of Utica, was honored with the Presidential Volunteers Award. An honor that comes with a medal engraved with the Presidential seal and a letter signed by the President.
Shackleford is the President of the Buffalo Soldiers Club. A motorcycle club that works to help those in need across our community. A ceremony was held at the club on Eirie Street In Utica. The Director of Neighborhoods Against Drugs, Reverend Henry McGrath was there to present the award.
In his acceptance speech, Shackleford recounted his struggles with drugs and addiction. Shackelford said he was arrested and brought to jail 3 times for drug-related crimes. He said he struggled with addiction for about 30 years. He said he's been clean for a total of 14 years. His mission now is to help people struggling with addiction, recover and prevent them from going down the same path he did.
"My message to people struggling out there is to get help because there is help. It took me a long time to realize that there was help. If I can help someone not get to that point, I'd be honored to do it," said Shackleford.
Frank said if there is someone out there looking for help to reach out to him through the Buffalo Solider's Club in Utica.