Hazelton honored

At the recent New York State American Legion Convention held in Niagara Falls, David Hazelton from Brocton was selected as the New York State American Legion 2013 EMT of the Year. Hazelton was cited for responding to 94 percent of the calls for emergency medical assistance, which average 340 calls per year. He has served 40 years as a firefighter and 30 as an EMT, first with Portland Volunteer Fire Department and now with Brocton. Hazelton served during the Vietnam era and is a member of the John W. Dill American Legion Post 434, Brocton. He has been an active member of the Brocton School Board and with the village, including being elected mayor in 2012. Left to right: Tim Van Patton, New York State American Legion Commander, presents the Department of New York 2013 EMT of the Year plaque to Hazelton.