I honestly believe we can never do enough to acknowledge the good that people do in this life, especially when all we ever hear about in the media, and even now, in social media is the bad.

Trustco Bank recently announced their 2014 Hall of Fame Awards for people who go above and beyond to serve their communities. These are all people who deserve recognition and yet never set out to receive it at all. I, too, would like to salute these people and Trustco Bank for making the effort to honor them as well.

President and CEO of Trustco Robert J. McCormick said:

"We are pleased to honor these five individuals who consider themselves to be ordinary people, but who each make extraordinary contributions to their communities, while asking nothing for themselves. We may not see their faces on the news or see their names in the headlines, but make no mistake that it is people like this who help to make our communities better places for us all to live in. We thank them for their dedicated service and hard work and are honored to be able to recognize their contributions."

This year the bank will honor all of the inductees at a luncheon with plaques and each will have a plaque hung at the company's headquarters. Here are the deserving honorees:

Major General Harry J. Greene (posthumous): Major General Greene paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation. He was a Two-Star General who held various commands associated with engineering and logistical support for U.S. and Coalition Troops. He was a graduate of Guilderland High School and RPI.

Tom Regan: Tom is a proud Navy Veteran. He served on the USS Sirabachi, an ammunition ship during the Vietnam War. As a way to honor his brothers in arms who died in battle, he began Operation: Please Remember Me. This organization displays flags to represent each soldier lost in battle from the Capital Region.

Connie and Dennis Towers: Connie and Dennis Towers are founding members of the Wilton Food Pantry. They opened the food pantry in 2010 to address the growing need in the community for the service. They continue to be instrumental in the operation of the food pantry and serve over 150 families every year.

Carolyn Eagan: Carolyn is the Executive Director of the Mental Health Community Centers, Inc., in Sarasota Florida. She received her MBA from DePaul University and brings years of experience in development to her current position. She is continually working in the community to remove the stigma of mental health.

Once again congratulations to all of those being honored and thank you all for what you have done to better the world we all live in.